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[4] Some writers, however, and Androtion is one of them, affirm that the poor were relieved not by a cancelling of debts, but by a reduction of the interest upon them, and showed their satisfaction by giving the name of ‘disburdenment’ to this act of humanity, and to the augmentation of measures and the purchasing power of money which accompanied it.1 For he made the mina to consist of a hundred drachmas, which before has contained only seventy-three, so that by paying the same amount of money, but money of a lesser value, those who had debts to discharge were greatly benefited, and those who accepted such payments were no losers.

1 See Aristot. Const. Ath. 10.1, with Sandys' note.

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