WHEN some Arcadian deserters asked to be admitted into the service of the Persian king,
Xerxes asked them what the Greeks were doing. The
answer was that they were keeping the great feast of
Olympia, and beholding the contests of wrestlers and
horsemen. On hearing this, a Persian asked what the
prize might be for which they strove, and was told
that it was an olive wreath. 'Ah, Mardonius,'
exclaimed one of the satraps who were standing by,
'what men are these against whom you have brought
us here to fight, who strive not for money, but for