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[10] On hearing this, Cyrus asked: “How far from here is your army?”

“About two parasangs,” they replied.

“Was there any talk about us over there?” Cyrus then asked.

“Yes, by Zeus,” they answered, “a great deal, and to the effect that you were already close upon us in your advance.”

“Tell me, then,” said Cyrus, “were they glad when they heard we were coming?” This question he asked for the benefit of the bystanders.

“No, by Zeus,” they answered; “they were not glad in the least, but were rather very much troubled.”

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