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Khufu Knows All

The Secret Doors to Ultimate Knowledge

In the Battle of Abdyos against the Nubians, Khufu was advised by Otheos, his general, that the Nubians with their superior numbers were likely to encircle his army unless he immediately called for a retreat.

Khufu angrily replied, “I will not turn my back on the enemy like some Thebean whore who will bend over for so much as a pair of laying hens!”

“Then what are we to do, my Lord?” Otheos asked?

“Tell the trumpeter to sound the call to charge!” the king said.

Otheos did as he was ordered. But before the trumpeter could  even raise his trumpet, he was shot through the mouth with an arrow and killed. As the army fell back, the charioteers turned around as quickly as they could, making a hasty and disorganized retreat, led by Khufu himself.

—Herodotus, Histories