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[2] Be that as it may, Themistocles, thus at the threshold of the dreadful ordeal, had audience first with Artabanus the Chiliarch, or Grand Vizier, and said that he was a Hellene, and that he desired to have an audience with the King on matters which were of the highest importance and for which the monarch entertained the most lively concern. Whereupon the Chiliarch replied: ‘O Stranger, men's customs differ; different people honor different practices; but all honor the exaltation and maintenance of their own peculiar ways. ’

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