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A. THE INFANCY OF CYRUS

As a result of a dream, Astyages, king of the Medes, determines to destroy the
newborn child Cyrus. He orders Harpagus to put the boy to death.

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The wife implores the herdsman to spare the child. At her suggestion he exposes their
own dead infant on the mountains instead of Cyrus, and they bring Cyrus up as their
own son.
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Astyages pardons the herdsman and obtains a confession from Harpagus, whom he
also pretends to pardon.
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