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Still another army was being collected for him in the Chersonese which is opposite Abydus, in the following manner: Clearchus1 was a Lacedaemonian exile; Cyrus, making his acquaintance, came to admire him, and gave him ten thousand darics.2 And Clearchus, taking the gold, collected an army by means of this money, and using the Chersonese as a base of operations, proceeded to make war upon the Thracians who dwell beyond the Hellespont, thereby aiding the Greeks.3 Consequently, the Hellespontine cities of their own free will sent Clearchus contributions of money for the support of his troops. So it was that this army also was being secretly maintained for Cyrus.

1 For the reason for his banishment see Xen. Anab. 2.6.2-4.

2 The daric was a Persian gold coin, equivalent in weight of gold to 1 2s. 2 1/2d. or $5.40, but in purchasing power to a much larger sum.

3 i.e. the Greeks on the European side of the Hellespont, who suffered from the incursions of their Thracian neighbours.

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