…and the opportunity they gave him of adding to the number of his friends. He [page break] was surprisingly a master in the art of gaining the affections of others, and still more by his obliging deportment and engaging behavior, than his liberality. And he was perfectly acquainted with the science of war, he abounded in stratagmes and expedients; witness the change of arms and establishment of cavalry which he introduced among the Persians. He was sober, vigilant, inured to labour, insensible to the allurements of pleasure; and the contrast between him and Cyaxares, very much exalts the value of his excellent qualities.
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That one of the greatest commanders in the Roman republic was formed upon this model, I mean the second Scipio Africanus, who had the admirable books of the Cyropaedia continually in his hands.