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When Cyrus was now dead, Artasyras, the king's Eye,1 chanced to pass by on horseback, and recognizing the eunuchs as they lamented, he asked the trustiest of them, ‘Who is this man, Pariscas, by whom thou sittest mourning?’ And Pariscas answered: ‘O Artasyras, dost thou not see Cyrus dead?’ Astonished at this, then, Artasyras bade the eunuch be of good courage and guard the dead body, but he himself went in hot haste to Artaxerxes

1 A confidential officer of high rank, a Superintendent of the Realm.

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