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26) There is a certain parental halfheartedness about this, but a reader need not find it humanly implausible.
Admittedly, Croesus is concerned to preserve his heir, while Astyages decides to destroy his, but the distinction is less crucial than it seems: for it is precisely Astyages' halfheartedness, his reluctance to take the hardest measures against his daughter, which directs his actions.
This is not the last time that we shall see this trait in Astyages, for the same halfheartedness leads him to spare the adolescent Cyrus after his rediscovery, and to rejoice ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 1.