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[12] though intercourse between the two nations was more frequent then than now. For Macedonia was under our sway and tributary to us,1 and we used each other's markets more freely then than at present, and mercantile suits2 were not then, as now, settled strictly every month, making a formal compact between such distant parties unnecessary.

1 The speaker is improving on the claim made by Demosthenes in Dem. 3.24. Macedonia was never really subject or tributary to Athens.

2 Also calledἔμμηνοι δίκαι, because they had to be settled within a month. They were heard, under the presidency of the Thesmothetae, during the six winter months, when the seas were closed to commerce.

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