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[2] She had a trusted maidservant named Gigis, who had most influence with her and assisted her in preparing the poison, according to Deinon, although Ctesias says she was merely privy to the deed, and that against her will. The poison was actually given by a man named Belitaras, according to Ctesias; Deinon gives his name as Melantas. After a period of dissension and suspicion, the two women1 had begun again to meet and eat with one another, although their mutual fear and caution led them to partake of the same dishes served by the same hands.

1 i.e., Parysatis and Stateira.

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