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[19] I think you have one clear proof of a ruler's excellence, when men obey him willingly1 and choose to stand by him in moments of danger. Now his friends all fought at his side and fell at his side to a man, fighting round his body, with the one exception of Ariaeus, whose place in the battle was, in point of fact, on the left wing.2

1 Mem III. iii. 9.

2 Anabasis, I. ix. 31. Ariaeus fled when he saw that Cyrus had fallen.

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