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[6] As for the troops, their supply of grain gave out, and it was not possible to buy any except in the Lydian1 market attached to the barbarian army of Cyrus,2 at the price of four sigli for a capith of wheat flour or barley meal. The siglus is worth seven and one-half Attic obols, and the capith had the capacity of two Attic choenices.3 The soldiers therefore managed to subsist by eating meat.4

1 The Lydians were notorious as hucksters.

2 See Xen. Anab. 1.2.18 and the note thereon, and Xen. Anab. 1.3.14.

3 The obol = about 1 1/2d. or 3 cents. The choenix = about 1 quart. The prices stated were, roughly, about fifty times normal prices at Athens.

4 The Greeks of Xenophon's time ate comparatively little meat under any circumstances, but in the Arabian desert a diet of meat constituted a real hardship.

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