land's being thoroughly cultivated resulted in increasing his revenues; for he levied a tithe from the produce.
And for this reason he organized the Local Justices,See Aristot. Ath. Pol. 26.5, Aristot. Ath. Pol. 53.1. and often went to the country on circuit in person, inspecting and settling disputes, in order that men might not neglect their agriculture by coming into the city.
For it was when Peisistratus was making an expedition of this kind that the affair of the man on Hymettus cultivating the farm afterwards called Tax-free Farm is said to have occurred. He saw a man at farm-work, digging mere rocks, and because of his surprise ordered his servant to ask what crop the farm grew; and the man said, "All the aches and pains that there are, and of these aches and pains Peisistratus has to get the tithe." The man did not know who it was when he answered, but Peisistratus was pleased by his free speech and by his industry, and made him free from all taxes.