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When he was about to go forth to the war, he took a wreath from the sacred olive-tree,1 and, in obedience to a certain oracle, filled a vessel with water from the Clepsydra2 and carried it with him. In the meantime Pacorus, the king's son, advanced again with a large army of Parthians against Syria; but Ventidius engaged and routed him in Cyrrhestica, and slew great numbers of his men.3 Pacorus fell among the first.

1 In the Erechtheium, on the Acropolis.

2 A sacred spring just below the ancient portal of the Acropolis (Pausanias, i. 28, 4).

3 In 38 B.C. See the Crassus, xxxiii. 5, with the note.

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