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Then there are the ten Vendors, elected by lot one from a tribe. They farm out all public contracts and sell the mines and the taxes, with the co-operation of the Treasurer of Military Funds and those elected to superintend the Spectacle Fund, in the presence of the Council, and ratify the purchase for the person for whom the Council votes, and the mines sold and the workings that have been sold for three years and the concessions sold for...1 years. And the estates of persons banished by the Areopagus and of the others they sell at a meeting of the Council, but the sale is ratified by the Nine Archons. And they draw up and furnish to the Council a list written on whitened tablets2 of the taxes sold for a year, showing the purchaser and the price that he is paying.

1 The number half erased may be 10 or 3.

2 Wooden boards coated with chalk, on which notices were scratched; they could be easily rubbed off, cf. Aristot. Ath. Pol. 48.1.

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