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Почта США и Геродот
Книга про дождь, из которой я уже пару раз приводил любопытные куски, оказывается недавно и на русском вышла. По такому случаю процитирую ещё один любопытный пассаж, о том как девиз почты США связан с греко-персидскими войнами античности:

“U.S. mail [...] chiseled in gray stone over the New York Post Office on Eighth Avenue: “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

The quote was a flourish by the building’s architect, William Mitchell Kendall, who read Greek for pleasure. He found it in Herodotus’s book of the Persian Wars, describing the Persians’ loyal mounted postal couriers. Little did Kendall know Americans would make it the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service."
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