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    Hegesistratus in Wikipedia Hegesistratus was a soothsayer for Mardonius during the Greco-Persian Wars. Originally an Elean, he had been captured by Sparta and put in bonds. He escaped by cutting off a piece of his own foot; however, he was captured again and put to death. This story is mentioned in the ninth book of the Histories written by Herodotus.