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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Xerxes the Great
 
        [King of Persia; succeeded Darius, 485 B.C.; raised an immense army for the invasion of Greece, 480; captured Athens, after turning the Pass of Thermopylæ, but defeated at Salamis, and returned to Asia; murdered, 465.]
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I shall not buy my Attic figs in future, but grow them.
          When planning the invasion of Greece, he refused to eat the figs offered for sale.—PLUTARCH: Apothegms.
  He gave as a reason for the tears which he was seen to shed as his army was crossing the Hellespont into Greece, that in a hundred years not one of all that vast assembly would be alive.
  Admiring the bravery of Artemisia, queen of Halicarnassus, his ally at the battle of Salamis, he exclaimed, “My men have proved themselves women, and my women men.”
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