The King was recovering from his wound,
and when he learned that his opponents were withdrawing, he believed that they were in flight
and set out in haste after them with his army.
As soon as he
had overtaken them because of their slow progress, for the moment, since it was night, he went
into camp near them, and when day came and the Greeks were drawing up their army for battle, he
sent messengers to them and for the time being agreed upon a truce of three days.
During this period they reached the following agreement: The King would
see that his territory was friendly to them; he would provide them guides for their journey to
the sea and would supply them with provisions on the way; the mercenaries under Clearchus and
all the troops under Aridaeus should pass through his territory without doing any injury.
After this they started on their journey, and the King led
his army off to Babylon. In that city he accorded fitting honours to everyone who had performed
deeds of courage in the battle and judged Tissaphernes to have been the bravest of all.
Consequently he honoured him with rich gifts, gave him his own daughter in marriage, and
henceforth continued to hold him as his most trusted friend; and he also gave him the command
which Cyrus had held over the satrapies on the sea.
Tissaphernes, seeing that the King was angered at the Greeks, promised him
that he would destroy them one and all, if the King would supply him with armaments and come to
terms with Aridaeus, for he believed that Aridaeus would betray the Greeks to him in the course
of the march. The King readily accepted this suggestion and allowed him to select from his
entire army as many of the best troops as he chose. (When Tissaphernes caught up with the
Greeks he sent word for Clearchus and the)1
rest of the commanders to come to him and hear what he had to
say in person. Consequently, practically all the generals, together with Clearchus and some
twenty captains, went to Tissaphernes, and of the common soldiers about two hundred, who wanted
to go to market, accompanied them.
Tissaphernes invited the
generals into his tent and the captains waited at the entrance. And after a little, at the
raising of a red flag from Tissaphernes' tent, he seized the generals within, certain appointed
troops fell upon the captains and slew them, and others killed the soldiers who had come to the
market. Of the last, one made his escape to his camp and disclosed the disaster that had