Anabasis eBook

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During the progress of this night the Hellenes had their turn of scare—­a panic seized them, and there was a noise and clatter, hardly to be explained except by the visitation of some sudden terror.  But Clearchus had with him the Eleian Tolmides, the best herald of his time; him he ordered to proclaim silence, and then to give out this proclamation of the generals:  “Whoever will give any information as to who let an ass into the camp shall receive a talent of silver in reward.”  On hearing this proclamation the soldiers made up their minds that their fear was baseless, and their generals safe and sound.  At break of day Clearchus gave the order to the Hellenes to get under arms in line of battle, and take up exactly the same position as they held on the day of the battle.


And now comes the proof of what I stated above—­that the king was 1 utterly taken aback by the sudden apparition of the army; only the day before, he had sent and demanded the surrender of their arms—­and now, with the rising sun, came heralds sent by him to arrange a truce.  These, having reached the advanced guard, asked for the generals.  The guard reported their arrival; and Clearchus, who was busy inspecting the ranks, sent back word to the heralds that they must await his leisure.  Having carefully arranged the troops so that from every side they might present the appearance of a compact battle line without a 3 single unarmed man in sight, he summoned the ambassadors, and himself went forward to meet them with the soldiers, who for choice accoutrement and noble aspect were the flower of his force; a course which he had invited the other generals also to adopt.

And now, being face to face with the ambassadors, he questioned them as to what their wishes were.  They replied that they had come to arrange a truce, and were persons competent to carry proposals from the king to the Hellenes and from the Hellenes to the king.  He returned answer to them:  “Take back word then to your master, that we need a battle first, for we have had no breakfast; and he will be a brave man who will dare mention the word ‘truce’ to Hellenes without providing them with breakfast.”  With this message the heralds rode off, but were back again in no time, which was a proof that the king, or some one appointed by him to transact the business, was hard by.  They reported that “the message seemed reasonable to the king; they had now come bringing guides who, if a truce were arranged, would conduct them where they would get provisions.”  Clearchus inquired “whether the truce was offered to the individual men merely as they went and came, or to all alike.”  “To all,” they replied, “until the king receives your final answer.”  When they had so spoken, Clearchus, having removed the ambassadors, held a council; and it was resolved to make a truce at once, and then quietly to go and secure provisions; and Clearchus said:  “I

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