Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
Cyrus, son of the King of Persia, had been given away as a child to a shepherd, who was ordered to kill the infant because his grandfather had been told by an omen that his grandson would eventually kill him. Instead, the shepherd had reared the boy to manhood. Now, under the name of Artamene, he was the best general of Cyaxares, King of Cappadocia. He was also secretly in love with Mandane, Cyaxares’ daughter.
The kings of Cappadocia and of Pontus had decided to settle a dispute between themselves by a combat, using two hundred men on each side. Artamene had been given the command of the Cappadocian warriors, to the great disappointment of his explosive rival, Philidaspes. Although all the odds were against him, Artamene was the only survivor and won the victory for the Cappadocians.
He discovered, however, that Philidaspes was also in love with Mandane. They had a violent fight and Cyaxares, unaware of the real cause of the quarrel, had them both put in prison.
There were other great battles fought, and Artamene, now out of prison, was again victorious. Then he disappeared and was believed dead. This was the occasion for Mandane to confess her love for him to her confidante, Martesie, a thing she had never dared do before. Eventually, Artamene returned. He accidentally learned that Philidaspes was actually the prince of Assyria, heir to the throne of his mother Nitocris, and that he was plotting to take Mandane away. The King...
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