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Πέρσαι ... καὶ Σάκαι. The centre appears to have been the regular post of the best troops in Persian as in Turkish armies (cf. Arrian, Anab. ii. 8. 11; Xen. Anab. i. 8. 21-3), though not at Plataea (ix. 31). The Sacae or Amyrgian Scyths (iii. 93. 3; vii. 64. 2 nn.) were among the troops selected by Mardonius (viii. 113. 2).

The imperfects used throughout this chapter are not only graphic, but show that the actions recorded are continuous or incomplete.

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