Cyropaedia, Volume 1

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Page 27 - Astyages sent for his daughter and her son ; for g°andfathei he was eager to see him, as he had heard from time to time that the child was a handsome boy of rare promise. Accordingly, Mandane herself went to her father and took her son Cyrus with her. 2. As soon as she arrived and Cyrus had recognized in Astyages his mother's father, being naturally an affectionate boy he at once kissed him, just as a person who had long lived with another and long loved him would do. Then he noticed that his grandfather...
Page 103 - And pray what course shall I take, father," said he, " that I may be able to accomplish that ? " " In the first place, if you are going to stay for some time in the same neighbourhood, you must not neglect to find a sanitary location for your camp ; and with proper attention you can not fail in this.
Page 35 - Now, it is a well known fact that the kings' cupbearers, when they proffer the cup, draw off some of it with the ladle, pour it into their left hand, and swallow it down — so that, if they should put poison in, they may not profit by it.
Page 41 - And so, in one case," said he, " I once got a flogging for not deciding correctly. 17. The case was like this : a big boy with a little tunic, finding a little boy with a big .tunic on, took it off him and put his own tunic on him, while he himself put on the other's. So, when I tried their case, I decided that it was better for them both that each should keep the tunic that fitted him. And thereupon the master flogged me...
Page 267 - King of India, Cyrus has sent me to you ; he says that he needs more funds, for he is expecting another army from his home in Persia ' — and that is true," said he, " for I am expecting one — ' if, therefore, you will send him as much as you conveniently can, he says that if God will give him good success, he will try to make you think that you were well advised in doing him this favour.
Page 9 - The secret did not speak the same language as he, nor one ° "" p<>w< ' nation the same as another ; for all that, he was able to cover so vast a region with the fear which he inspired, that he struck all men with terror and no one tried to withstand him ; and he was able to awaken in all so lively a desire to please him, that they always wished to be guided by his will. Moreover, the tribes that he brought into subjection to himself were so many that it is a difficult matter even to travel to them...
Page 107 - This, my son, is the road to compulsory obedience, indeed, but there is another road, a short cut, to what is much better — namely, to willing obedience. For people are only too glad to obey the man who they believe takes wiser thought for their interests than they themselves do.
Page 11 - Cyrus—the ideal individual—who was heralded in story and song was "most handsome in person, most generous of heart, most devoted to learning, and most ambitious, so that he endured all sorts of labour and faced all sorts of danger for the sake of praise.
Page 397 - Cyrus the most splendid tent and the lady of Susa, who was said to be the most beautiful woman in Asia, and two of the most accomplished music-girls ; and afterward they had selected for Cyaxares the next best.
Page 25 - There remains even unto this day evidence of their moderate fare and of their working off by exercise what they eat : for even to the present time it is a breach of decorum for a Persian to spit or to blow his nose or to appear afflicted with flatulence ; it is a breach of decorum also to be seen going apart either to make water or for anything else of that kind. And this would not be possible for them, if they did not lead an XENOPHON Kal TO vypbv eKTrovovvres dvrfkicrKov, w<rre Tavra fiev Brj Kara...

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