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I will tell you the reason for this change of front. Last year and the year before our honest Agyrrhius here was chief contractor for the two per cent customs duties.1 He farmed them for thirty talents, and the friends he meets under the poplar2 all took shares with him. You know what they are like; it is my belief that they meet there for a double purpose: to be paid for not raising the bidding, and to take shares in taxes which have been knocked down cheap.

1 Levied on all imports and exports at Peiraeus.

2 Apparently a well-known spot. It is not mentioned elsewhere.

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