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[11] As a natural result of this, many “eyes” and many “ears” were ascribed to the king. But if any one thinks that the king1 selected one man to be his “eye,” he is wrong; for one only would see and one would hear but little; and it would have amounted to ordering all the rest to pay no attention, if one only had been appointed to see and hear. Besides, if people knew that a certain man was the “eye,” they would know that they must beware of him. But such is not the case; for the king listens to anybody who may claim to have heard or seen anything worthy of attention.

1 Hdt. i. 114; Aesch. Pers. 980

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