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When evening was drawing on, he entertained both sides, now made friends, as his guests at dinner. And while the party was in progress, one of the1 Chaldaeans said that to all the rest of them this state of affairs was desirable; but there were some of the Chaldaeans, so they said, who lived by plundering and would not know how to farm and could not, for they were used to making their living by the business of war; for they were always making raids or serving as mercenaries; they were often in the service of the Indian king (and he paid well, they said, for he was a very wealthy man) and often in the service of Astyages.

1 Chaldaean mercenaries

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