Now when Cyaxares heard of the plot and of1
the warlike preparations of the nations allied against him, without delay he made what counter preparations2
he could himself and also sent to Persia
both to the general assembly and to his brother-in-law, Cambyses, who was king of Persia
. And he sent word to Cyrus, too, asking him to try to come as commander of the men, in case the Persian state should send any troops. For Cyrus had by this time completed his ten years among the youths also and was now in the class of mature men.