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The commendation (cf. that of Cadmus, vii. 164. 1) is significant of H.'s own feeling towards tyranny. Cf. Appendix XVI. 1.
The story of Maeandrius is full of touches which show H.'s familiarity with Samos (145. 1, 146. 2).
ἱερωσύνην. The priesthood was necessary to secure Maeandrius from being punished for his service to the tyrant. For other grants of priesthoods cf. iv. 161. 3; vii. 153. 3.
γεγονώς . . . κακῶς. The low birth of Maeandrius would recommend him to the tyrant. (Cf. Arist. Pol. 1314 a “πονηρόφιλον ἡ τυραννίς”.) He was a citizen (123. 1), but is called ἡμέτερος δοῦλος by Syloson (140. 5). So Micythus, οἰκέτης ἐών, was appointed ruler of Tarentum by Anaxilaus (vii. 170. 4 n.).
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