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Consequently when my affairs were in the condition which I have described, and at the same time I was ordered by the general, Timomachus, to sail to Hieron1 to convoy the grain, though he provided no pay (word had been brought that the Byzantines and the Calchedonians were again bringing the ships into port and forcing them to unload their grain), I borrowed money from Archidemus of Anaphlystus,2 fifteen minae at interest, and I secured from Nicippus, the shipowner, who happened to be in Sestus,3 eight hundred drachmae, as a maritime loan at 12 1/2 per cent, on condition that I should pay him principal and interest when the ship should get safely back to Athens.

1 Hieron was on the eastern shore of the Cimmerian Bosporus (the straight between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azof).

2 Anaphlystus, a deme of the tribe Antiochis.

3 Sestus, also a town on the Hellespont.

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