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[10] “Agreement

Androcles of Sphettus and Nausicrates of Carystus lent to Artemo and Apollodorus, both of Phaselis, three thousand drachmae in silver for a voyage from Athens to Mendê or Scionê,1 and thence to Bosporus—or if they so choose, for a voyage to the left parts of the Pontus as far as the Borysthenes,2 and thence back to Athens, on interest at the rate of two hundred and twenty-five drachmae on the thousand; but, if they should sail out from Pontus to Hieron3 after the rising of Arcturus,4 at three hundred on the thousand, on the security of three thousand jars of wine of Mendê, which shall be conveyed from Mendê or Scionê in the twenty-oared ship of which Hyblesius is owner.”

1 Towns in the peninsula of Pallenê, in Chalcidicê. Weather conditions would determine which port should be entered.

2 The modern Dnieper.

3 This was a place, called Hieron from a temple of Zeus, at the entrance to the Thracian Bosporus on the Asiatic side.

4 About the middle of September. This was considered a perilous season for navigation; hence the higher rate of interest.

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