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[116] but by the crafts which have to do with the building of ships and by men who are able to row them—men who have lost their own possessions and are accustomed to derive their livelihood from the possessions of others.1 Our fathers did not fail to foresee that with the introduction of these elements into the state the order and discipline of the former polity would be relaxed2 and that the good will of our allies would soon undergo a change when the Athenians should compel the Hellenes, to whom they had previously given lands and cities, to pay contributions and tribute to Athens in order that she might have the means to pay the kind of men whom I mentioned a moment ago.

1 The homeless refugees who enlisted in the naval service of Athens for pay and the chance to pillage. See especially Isoc. 8.44 ff. and Isoc. Letter 9.9.

2 Cf. Eur. Hec. 607: ναυτική τ᾽ ἀναρχία.

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