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Herodotus, Cyrus the Great
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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Harpagus transfers the task of slaying the child to one of Astyages' own herdsmen.
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The herdsman returns home with the child and relates the story to his wife.
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Herodotus, Cyrus the Great
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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B. THE BOYHOOD OF CYRUS
Cyrus plays at being king over his companions
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Astyages pardons the herdsman and obtains a confession from Harpagus, whom he
also pretends to pardon.
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