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[2] And when the company were at their cups, the chief eunuch of Parysatis said to him: ‘Mithridates, how beautiful this raiment is which the king gave thee, and how beautiful the collars and bracelets! Costly, too, is thy scimitar. Verily the king has made thee happy in the admiring eyes of all men.’ Then Mithridates, now flushed with wine, replied: ‘Sparamizes, what do these things amount to? Surely my services to the king on that day were worthy of greater and more beautiful gifts.’

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