Hiding Secrets with Steganography
Subject:   Re: wow
Date:   2003-12-09 02:32:28
From:   anonymous2
Response to: wow

Once again we seem to have an American without an education. Steganography existed a long time before the underground railroad. Why? Steganography means "covered writing" - this is from Herodotus (approx 400 B.C.E.).

In "The Histories", Herodotus chronicled the conflicts between Greece and Persia in the fifth century BC, which he viewed as a confrontation between freedom and slavery, between the independent Greek states and the oppressive Persians. According to Herodotus, it was the art of secret writing that saved Greece from being conquered by Xerxes, King of Kings, the despotic leader of the Persians.

Herodotus wrote:

"As the danger of discovery was great, there was only one way in which he could contrive to get the message through: this was by scraping the wax off a pair of wooden folding tablets, writing on the wood underneath what Xerxes intended to do, and then covering the message over with wax again. In this way the tablets, being apparently blank, would cause no trouble with the guards along the road. When the message reached its destination, no one was able to guess the secret, until, as I understand, Cleomenes' daughter Gorgo, who was the wife of Leonides, divined and told the others that if they scraped the wax off, they would find something written on the wood underneath. This was done; the message was revealed and read, and afterwards passed on to the other Greeks."

What ever happened to the educational system in America? You talk about not respecting history but don't seem to even understand that America is not the be-all and end-all of the world...

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    2003-12-10 19:37:49  anonymous2 [View]

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