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Otanes (Greek: Ὀτάνης) is a name given to several figures that appear in the Histories of Herodotus. One or more of these figures may be the same person.


  • Οὔτε γὰρ ἄρχειν οὔτε ἄρχεσθαι ἐθέλω.
    • Fellow partisans, it is plain that one of us must be made king, ... but I shall not compete with you; I desire neither to rule nor to be ruled; but if I waive my claim to be king, I make this condition, that neither I nor any of my descendants shall be subject to any one of you.
      • in Herodotus, Histories, 3.83, Complete Works of Herodotus, p. 216

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