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A. P. 15. 3 mentions a general disarmament. This seems hardly consistent with Thuc. vi. 56, 58. The passage here gives two of the distinguishing marks of a tyranny, direct taxation of citizens and a mercenary force.

συνόδοισι is rare for προσόδοισι. αὐτόθεν: the reference is to the mines of Laurium and to the land-tax of 10 per cent. (A. P. 16. 4), reduced by P.'s sons to 5 per cent. (Thuc. vi. 54. 5).

Στρυμόνος. A. P. 15. 2 tells us that Pisistratus during his second exile made money from the regions round Mount Pangaeus’, i. e. near Amphipolis, where Philippi was founded later. The mines here are to be distinguished from those of Σκαπτὴ Γ̔́λη opposite Thasos, and owned by that island (vi. 46. 3). The mention of the Thraceward ‘revenues’ agrees with the conjecture, probable on other grounds, that Thucydides the historian, who had possessions in that region (iv. 105. 1), was connected with the Pisistratidae; but cf. Grundy. Thucydides, p. 16.

For a tyrant's hostages cf. iii. 45. 4.

For Delos cf. vi. 97 n., and App. XVI, § 8 for general foreign policy of Pisistratus.

μετ᾽ Ἀλκμεωνιδέων. As Alcmaeon was agent of Croesus (vi. 125), there were other reasons than those given by H. (59. 1, 65. 1) for Croesus not seeking Athenian alliance.

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