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[695e] and have reared up Xerxes in just the same habits of life in which Cyrus reared Cambyses?” And Xerxes, being the product of the same training, ended by repeating almost exactly the misfortunes of Cambyses. Since then there has hardly ever been a single Persian king who was really, as well as nominally, “Great.”1 And, as our argument asserts, the cause of this does not lie in luck,

1 The Persian monarch was commonly styled “the Great King.”

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