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[4] Now the Athenians were from of old great enemies of wolves, since their country was better for pasturage than for tillage. And there are those who say that their four tribes were originally named, not from the sons of Ion, but from the classes into which occupations were divided; thus the warriors were called Hoplitai, the craftsmen Ergadeis; and of the remaining two, the farmers were called Geleontes, the shepherds and herdsmen Aigikoreis.1

1 This is a strained etymology to explain the ancient tribal names of Hopletes, Argadeis, Geleontes, and Aigikoreis, which are derived in Hdt. 5.66 from the names of the four sons of Ion. The first has nothing to do with ‘hopla,’ arms; nor the second with ‘ergon,’ work; nor the third with ‘ge,’ earth; nor the fourth with ‘aix,’ goat.

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