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168 Lesson 22.

origin (descent). However that may be, they say that
his father was one of the officials (farmers-of-taxes).
The governor of Dar‘abjird, who was named (had the
name) Piri, heard that Babak had (there is to Babak)
a son, who, in spite of his youth, is endowed with
an excellent (vdfir) intellect and (a) noble (béhixr) courage.
He therefore summoned him: and Ardashir gained
such credit (i‘tflfir) with him (in his presence) that,
whenever any matter prevented him from conducting
the government, he used to make Ardashir his sub-
stitute: and Ardashir’s conduct (kirddr) on these occa-
sions turned out so well that after Piri’s death he was
appointed to the government of Darabjird. It is no
marvel that a youth like Ardashir, who had made
such rapid progress (who may make progress with
this rapidity), should conceive great projects (vide
§ 100). They say that the force of reflection in sleep
depicted in the vestibule of his brain his waking
thoughts (the thoughts of his wakefulness), and flatterers
explained (interpreted) this dream as (bi-) signs of
future (coming) greatness. All historians assert (bar an
and) that reliance upon these dreams became the
cause of Ardash'ir’s rising up to claim (of this, that A.
came up in claim of ) the sovereignty of Persia: and
if in truth he and his followers had (have had) con-
fidence in (bi-) this kind of dreams, there is no doubt
that it must have helped (ought to have helped) in
his advancement to the lofty dignity (dignities) of
the sovereignty.

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