However, there is no shortage of indications that it is far from the true facts. Darius, as we have seen, belonged to the royal family only on the side-line. There is no reason to believe that he was considered next in line to the throne. Of the nearest relatives of his father and grandfather had before him an advantage. Darius says that the younger brother of Cambyses Bardiya was killed by his brother. However, there is a complete mismatch between our sources regarding the time, place and method of murder. Darius claims that this episode took place before a campaign of Cambyses in Egypt, Herodotus - that during this campaign, and Ctesias - after him. The official version, which adheres to Herodotus, accused of murder of a Preksaspa, but there were doubts as to whether the "Smerdis" killed during a hunt near Susa, or he drowned in the Eritrean Sea. We must believe that after the death of Cambyses Preksasp publicly told the story, people told about the secret murder of the "real" Bardiya, and then in remorse committed suicide. Repenting on his deathbed, as it is known, is a frequent reception of the propagandist. After the suicide of a dead man can not tell anything. Moreover, the "false" -Smerdis lied only in his assertions that he was the son of Cyrus. His real name was Smerdis! Absurdity reaches its peak when we are told that "real" and "fake" -Smerdis were so similar that even the mother and sisters of "real" Smerdis disappointed!