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[3] Next in line was the Argive contingent of which Nicostratus was general and with him as Persian colleague Aristazanes. The latter was an usher1 of the King and the most faithful of his friends after Bagoas; and assigned to him were five thousand elite soldiers and eighty triremes.

1 It was the duty of an usher to make announcements to the King, and introduce ambassadors of foreign nations and others who required an audience with the King. Only those seven who had slain the Magi were permitted to enter the royal presence ἄνευ εἰσαγγελέως (cp. Hdt. 3.84).

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