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Chorus
What then, O king Darius? What is the intention of your words? How, after this reverse, may we, the people of Persia, best prosper in time to come?

Darius
[790] If you do not take the field against the Hellenes' land, even if the forces of the Medes outnumber theirs. The land itself is their ally.

Chorus
What do you mean? In what way “their ally”?

Darius
It wastes with famine an enemy force which is too large.

Chorus
[795] But we will dispatch a force of select and easily managed troops.

Darius
Not even the host which now remains in Hellas will be able to return to safety.

Chorus
How is that? Will not the whole barbarian army cross from Europe over the Hellespont?

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