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The form χρέως, for the more usual χρέος, is recognised by Hesychius. The use of πατρικὸν (as in πατρικὴ ἔχθρα, βασιλεία Thuc. I 13), and not πατρῷον (as in πατρῷον σκῆπτρον, πατρῷα χρήματα, &c), is to be noticed. Καμμῦ We hear nothing more of this ruler of Mytilene, nor of the date when he established himself as tyrant. We know however that in B.C. 351 Mytilene was no longer under a democracy, and that in B.C. 347—6 it was restored to the protection and alliance of Athens. These dates point to the beginning of B.C. 347, as probably the latest date for the delivery of the speech. A. Schaefer, Dem. u. s. Z. III B, 224. S.] Mr Mayor remarks (p. 248), ‘The circumstances referred to are obscure.—I should suppose that Boeotus charges Mantitheus with having recovered money due to his father in Mytilene, in order that he, Boeotus, may claim a share of it, which of course he could not do if it were money supplied by Apollonidas and other friends of Athens for the purpose of levying a force against the tyrant. Such a demand might be represented as helping Cammys against the Athenians.’ ὑπηρετῶν To rouse the anger of Cammys against both Mantitheus and the Athenians, Boeotus told him that the debt had been extorted from his citizens, under the plea of its being due to the father, in order to aid and abet the popular side in the στάσις against him. [‘Mantitheus eam pecuniam dicit se a privatis reipublicae causa acceptam in publicum usum contulisse, Boeotus eam pecuniam publice patri debitam a Mytilenaeis exegisse vult. Qui quomodo Cammae tyranno obsecutus sit, cum talia iactaret, non assequor, neque enim video quid Cammae interfuerit, utrum ea pecunia Mantitheo Atheniensium nomine a privatis an a civitate Mytilenaea privatim soluta esset. Oratorem igitur tyranni nomine, quod Atheniensibus in odio erat, abusum esse crediderim, ut adversarium calumniaretur’ (Thalheim, Quaest. Dem., p. 10). Thalheim supposes that Mantitheus was at Mytilene between 351 and 349 B.C., and infers from 39 § 16 that he did not take part in the Euboic expedition. ‘Mantitheum suspicor, cum taxiarchus creatus esset, non cum exercitu in Euboeam exisse sed cum Aminia in insulas missum esse, qui milites et pecunias cogeret.’ The date of the Euboic expedition is, however, uncertain, A. Schaefer placing it in 350, and Weil and Blass in 348. S.] δωρειὰν This would seem to have been a vote of money for some services performed for the state by Mantias when πολιτευόμενος, Or. 39 § 3. τῶν ὑμετέρων φίλων Your political friends, i.e. not of the party of Cammys.
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