Cleomenes, as the beginning of the month approached when
his soldiers' allowance became due, deliberately sailed away down the river; and
not till the month was advanced did he return and distribute the allowance. For
the coming month, he omitted the distribution altogether until the following
month began. Thus the men were quieted by the recent distribution, and
Cleomenes, passing over a month each year, docked his troops of a month's
Stabelbius, king of the Mysians, lacking pay to give his troops, summoned a
meeting of the officers, and declared that he no longer needed the private
soldiers, but only the officers. When he required troops, he would entrust a sum
of money to each officer and send him to collect mercenaries; but that meanwhile
he preferred to give the officers the pay he would otherwise have to give the
men. Accordingly he bade each dismiss the men who were on his own muster-roll.
The officers, scenting a source of gain for themselves, dismissed their men, as
they were bidden. Shortly afterwards, Stabelbius called them together and
informed them that a conductor without his chorus and an officer without his men
were alike useless; wherefore let them depart from his country.
When Dionysius was making a tour of the
temples, wherever he saw a gold or silver table set, he bade them fill a cup "in
honor of the good spirit,"2
had the table carried away. Wherever, again, he saw a precious bowl set before
one of the images, he would order its removal, with the words" I accept it." He
also stripped the images of their golden raiment and garlands, and declaring he
would give them lighter and more fragrant wear, arrayed them in robes of white
<linen> and garlands of white socks.