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1 Ironical. He means that they mastered the science of making themselves unpopular.
3 The “Greater Dionysia,” celebrated in March.
4 The state brought them up at public expense until they were of age for citizenship, at which time they were led before the concourse of the people in the theatre and bidden God speed! See Aeschin. 3.154.
5 It appears that the “tribute” money of the allies during the Confederacy of Delos was brought to Athens by their representatives at the time of the Dionysiac festival. See Aristoph. Ach. 505, 643. Besides, the festival attracted many unofficial visitors from the other states.
6 That is, the value we attach to it—how we honor their contributions.
7 The text clearly means “brought in by paid men.” But μισθωτοί may be either paid servants or paid soldiers. The former meaning is generally preferred by the editors because only in a loose sense could it be said that the tribute was brought in by mercenaries; besides, the present tense is employed. Nevertheless the reader will think of the hirelings mentioned just before （in 79） with whom the Athenians manned their triremes and through whom they forced the payment of the tribute, and doubtless the author so intended.