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Βαβυλώνιοι. H. implies that the revolt followed at once on the suppression of the Magian conspiracy; this is correct, but it is not consistent with his general narrative, which implies a considerable interval; for the healing of Darius followed ‘not long after’ the overthrow of Oroetes (129. 1); then comes the expedition of Democedes (133. 1), and ‘after this’ that against Samos (139. 1), ‘contemporary with which’ is the revolt of Babylon. H. puts together, without any real chronology, independent narratives, of which he knows only that they all belong to the early years of Darius.

σιτοποιόν. So the Plataeans kept 110 ‘breadmakers’ (Thuc. ii. 78. 3), though they disposed of their non-combatants in a less drastic way. But Babylon was far from being in such a desperate position as the Plataeans; they might well expect success, as the Persian power seemed shaken.

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