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129. Thus far the letter. Xerxes was pleased, and sent Artabazus the son of Pharnaces to the sea, commanding him1 to assume the government of the satrapy of Dascylium in the room of Megabates. An answer was entrusted to him, which he was to send as quickly as possible to Pausanias at Byzantium; he was to show him at the same time the royal seal. If Pausanias gave him any order about his own affairs, he was to execute it with all diligence and fidelity. [2] Artabazus came down to the sea, as he was desired, and transmitted the letter. [3] The answer of the King was as follows:—

Thus saith Xerxes, the King, to Pausanias. The benefit which thou hast done me in saving the captives who were taken at Byzantium beyond the sea is recorded in my house for ever, and thy words please me. Let neither day nor night hinder thee from fulfilling diligently the promise which thou hast made to me; spare not gold or2 silver, and take as large an army as thou wilt, wheresoever it may be required. I have sent to thee Artabazus, a good man; act with him for my honour and welfare, and for thine own, and be of good courage.'

1 Intrigue of Pausanias with Xerxes.

2 B.C. 477 or 476 ff.

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