of all the forces that muster in the plain of Castolus.Castolus was the mustering place for all the Persian forces of western Asia Minor. See Introd. p. 232. Cyrus accordingly went upSee Introd. p. vii, note 1. to his father, taking with him Tissaphernes as a friend and accompanied by three hundred Greek hoplites,i.e. heavy-armed infantrymen, the regular “troops of the line” in Greek warfare. In this instance, of course, they are serving Cyrus as a bodyguard. under the command of Xenias of Parrhasia.
When Darius had died and Artaxerxes had become established as king, Tissaphernes falsely accused Cyrus to his brother of plotting against him. And Artaxerxes, believing the accusation, arrested Cyrus, with the intention of putting him to death; his mother, however, made intercession for him, and sent him back again to his province.
Now when Cyrus had thus returned, after his danger and disgrace, he set about planning that he might never again be in the power of his brother, but, if possib