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But the Athenians, now that the Cylonian disturbance was over and the polluted persons banished, as described,1 relapsed into their old disputes about the form of government, the city being divided into as many parties as there were diversities in its territory. The Hill-men favoured an extreme democracy; the Plain-men an extreme oligarchy; the Shore-men formed a third party,2 which preferred an intermediate and mixed form of government, was opposed to the other two, and prevented either from gaining the ascendancy.

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