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[29] Here is a fact to confirm that conclusion: although Cyrus was a slave,1 no one deserted him to join the King, save that Orontas attempted to do so (and he, mark you, speedily found out that the man he imagined was faithful to him, was more devoted to Cyrus than to him); on the other hand, many went over from the King to Cyrus after the two had become enemies (these being, moreover, the men who were most highly regarded by the King), because they thought that if they were deserving, they would gain a worthier reward with Cyrus than with the King.

1 A term habitually applied by the Greeks to the subjects of an absolute monarch, especially those of the Persian king.

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