A STRANGE INTERVIEW
WE are told that Agesilaus was once asked to meet the
Persian general Pharnabazus, to have a talk or
conference with him,—a thing which often took place
between generals of different armies.
The meeting was set for a certain day and hour, under a
large tree, and it was agreed that both generals should
come under the escort of their personal attendant only.
Agesilaus, plainly clad as usual, came first to the
meeting place, and, sitting down upon the grass under
 the tree, he began to eat his usual noonday meal of
bread and onions.
A few moments later the Persian general arrived in rich
attire, attended by fan and parasol bearer, and by
servants bringing carpets for him to sit upon, cooling
drinks to refresh him, and delicate dishes to tempt his
At first Pharnabazus fancied that a tramp was camping
under the tree; but when he discovered that this plain
little man was really Agesilaus, King of Sparta, and
the winner of so many battles, he was ashamed of his
pomp, sent away his attendants, and sat down on the
ground beside the king.
Agesilaus and Pharnabazus.
They now began an important talk, and Pharnabazus was
filled with admiration when he heard the short but
noble answers which Agesilaus had for all his
questions. He was so impressed by the Spartan king,
that he shook hands with him when the interview was
Agesilaus was equally pleased with Pharnabazus, and
told him that he should be proud to call him friend. He
invited him to leave his master, and come and live in
Greece where all noble men were free.
Pharnabazus did not accept this invitation, but renewed
the war, whereupon Agesilaus again won several
important victories. When the Persian king heard that
all his soldiers could not get the better of the
Spartan king, he resolved to try the effect of bribery.
He therefore sent a messenger to Athens to promise this
city and her allies a very large sum of money provided
that they would rise up in revolt against Sparta, and
thus force Agesilaus to come home.