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I pass by now, that having represented Croesus as foolish, vain-glorious, and ridiculous in all things, he makes him, when a prisoner, to have taught and instructed Cyrus, who seems to have excelled all other kings in prudence, virtue, and magnanimity.1 Having testified of the same Croesus nothing else that was commendable, but his honoring the Gods with many and great oblations, he shows that very act of his to have been the most impious of all. For he says, that he and his brother Pantoleon contended for the kingdom while their father was yet alive; and that Croesus, having obtained the crown, caused a companion and familiar friend of Pantoleon's to be torn in pieces in a fulling-mill, and sent presents to the Gods from his estate.2 Of Deïoces also, the Median, who by virtue and justice obtained the government, he says that he got it not by real but pretended justice.3

1 Herod. I. 155, 156, 207, 208.

2 Herod. I. 92.

3 Herod. I. 96.

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