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[21] Nay, we shall see our city enjoying twice the revenues1 which she now receives, and thronged with merchants and foreigners and resident aliens,2 by whom she is now deserted.

And, what is most important of all, we shall have all mankind as our allies—allies who will not have been forced, but rather persuaded, to join with us, who will not welcome our friendship because of our power when we are secure only to abandon us when we are in peril,3 but who will be disposed towards us as those should be who are in very truth allies and friends.

1 According to Demosthenes (Dem. 10.37-38Athens before the peace had an income of 130 talents; after the peace of 400 talents.

2 Foreigners, whether merchants or not, had to pay nonresident fees, ξενικὰ τέλη; resident aliens paid the μετοίκιον of 12 drachmas per man and 6 per woman.

3 The reference is to the allies who revolted from Athens both during the Confederacy of Delos and during the New Naval League.

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