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When he reached Ephesus, Tissaphernes at once sent and asked him with what intent he had come.1 And he answered: “That the cities in Asia shall be independent, as are those in our part of Greece.” In reply to this Tissaphernes said: “Then if you are willing to make a truce until I can send to the King, I think you could accomplish this object and, if you should so desire, sail back home.” “Indeed I should so desire,” said he, “if I could but think that I was not being deceived by you.” “But,” said he, “it is possible for you to receive a guarantee on this point, that in very truth and without guile, if you follow this course, we will do no harm to any part of your domain during the truce.”

1 396 B.C.

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