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29. During the following winter, Tissaphernes, after he had provided for the security of Iasus, came1 to Miletus. There he distributed one month's pay among all the ships, at the rate of an Attic drachma2 a day per man, as his envoy had promised at Lacedaemon; in future he proposed to give half a drachma only until he had asked the King's leave, promising that if he obtained it he would pay the entire drachma. [2] On the remonstrance, however, of Hermocrates the Syracusan general (Theramenes, not being himself admiral, but only taking charge of the ships which he was to hand over to Astyochus, took no interest in the matter of the pay), he promised to each man a payment of somewhat more than three obols, reckoning the total sum paid to every five ships. For he offered to every five ships, up to the number of fifty-five3, three talents a month, and to any ships in excess of this number he agreed to give at a like rate.

1 Reduction of pay. Tissaphernes agrees to give three talents to every more than three rather more than three obols a day to each sailor.

2 8d.

3 Retaining, with the MSS., καὶ πεντήκοντα after ναῦς; see note.

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