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The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.

Northrop Frye


Author Profession: Critic
Nationality: Canadian
Born: July 14, 1912
Died: January 23, 1991


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