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“And how are the Egyptians drawn up?” asked Cyrus; “for you said ‘with the exception of the Egyptians.’”

“The brigadier-generals drew them up—each one ten thousand men, a hundred square; for this, they said, was their manner of arranging their order of battle at home. And Croesus consented to their being so drawn up, but very reluctantly, for he wished to outflank your army as much as possible.”

“And what is his object in doing that, pray?” asked Cyrus.

“In order, by Zeus,” he replied, “to surround you with the part that extends beyond your line.”

“Well,” said Cyrus, “they may have an opportunity to find out whether the surrounders may not be surrounded.

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