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For instance, it is evident that the country now called Hellas had in ancient times no settled population; on the contrary, migrations were of frequent occurrence, the several tribes readily abandoning their homes under the pressure
s; such as the district now called Thessaly, Boeotia, most of the Peloponnese,
Arcadia excepted, and the most fertile parts of the rest of Hellas.
The goodness of the land favoured the aggrandizement of particular
individuals, and thus created faction which p se of there being no correspondent growth in other
The most powerful victims of war or faction from the rest of Hellas took
refuge with the Athenians as a safe retreat;
and at an early period, becoming naturalized, swelled the already large