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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.

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Professor Herman Northrop Frye, CC , MA , D.Litt. , FRSC (July 14, 1912 January 23, 1991) was a Canadian literary critic, one of the most distinguished of the twentieth century.

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