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Once when Cyrus was holding a general reviewAn embassy from India and parade of all his men under arms, a messenger came from Cyaxares saying that an embassy had arrived from India. “He therefore bids you come as soon as possible. Moreover,” said the messenger, “I am bringing you a very beautiful robe from Cyaxares; for he expre
And whenThe audience the Indians came in they said that the king of India had sent them with orders to ask on what ground the Medes and the Assyrians had the same question; and finally, he bade us say to both of you that the king of India declared that when he was weighed the merits of the case, he will side with the im say on.“Well then,” said he, “if Cyaxares has no objection, tell the king of India that we propose, in case the Assyrian says he has been wronged by us, to choose the king of India himself to be our arbitrator.”Upon hearing this, they went away.
And when they had gone out, Cyrus addressed Cyaxares as follows:“Cyaxare
At this juncture, representatives from theEnvoys from India are sent as spies Indian king arrived with money; they announced also that the Indian king sent him the following message: “I am glad, Cyrus, that you let me know what you needed. I desire to be your friend, and I am sending you the money, and if you need more, send for it. Moreover, my representatives have been instructed to do whatever you ask.” “Well then,” said Cyrus, when he heard this, “I ask some of you to remain where you have been assigned quarters and keep guard of this money and live as best pleases you, while three of you will please go to the enemy on pretence of having been sent by the king of India to make an alliance between them and him; and when you have learned how things stand there, what they are doing and proposing to do, bring word of it as soon as possible to me and to your king. And if you perform this service acceptably, I shall be even more grateful to you for that than I am for your bringing th