“And tell me, Chaldaeans,” said he, “seeing that you have fine mountains, would you be willing to let the Armenians pasture their herds there, if the herdsmen would pay you what is fair?”
The Chaldaeans said they would; for they would get large profits by it, without any labour on their own part.
“And you, King of Armenia
,” said he, “would you be willing to rent their pasture lands, if by letting the Chaldaeans have a little profit you were to get much greater profit for yourself?”
“Why, of course,” said he, “if I thought I could pasture my cattle there in security.”
“Well then,” said he, “could you pasture them there in security, if the heights were in the possession of your friends?”
“Yes,” said the Armenian.