DARIUS. Darius the father of Xerxes used to praise
himself, saying that he became even wiser in battles and
dangers. When he laid a tax upon his subjects, he summoned his lieutenants, and asked them whether the tax
was burthensome or not? When they told him it was
moderate, he commanded them to pay half as much as was
at first demanded. As he was opening a pomegranate,
one asked him what it was of which he would wish for
a number equal to the seeds thereof. He said, Of men
like Zopyrus,—who was a loyal person and his friend.
This Zopyrus, after he had maimed himself by cutting off
his nose and ears, beguiled the Babylonians; and being
trusted by them, he betrayed the city to Darius, who often
said that he would not have had Zopyrus maimed to gain
a hundred Babylons.