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“Aye,” said Araspas, “but I did take steps to1 get the most accurate information about the size of their army; for I was present in person and helped to draw it up in battle order.”

“And so,” said Cyrus, “you are acquainted not only with their numbers but also with their order of battle.”

“Yes, by Zeus,” answered Araspas, “I am; and I know also how they are planning to conduct the battle.”

“Good,” said Cyrus; “still, tell us first, in round numbers, how many of them there are.”

1 He delivers his report

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