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“Why, pray,” said the other, “is that so difficult?”

“Because, by Zeus,” said Gobryas, “I know that1 the forces that would come out of that city alone are many times as large as your own at present; and let me tell you that the Assyrians are now less inclined than heretofore to deliver up their arms and to bring in their horses to you for the very reason that to those of them who have seen your army it seemed a small one; and a rumour to this effect has now been widely spread abroad. And,” he added, “I think we should do better to proceed cautiously.”

1 The Assyrians' terror of Cyrus is disappearing

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