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The chronology is inextricably confused (cf. App. XIV. 6). The ‘insult’ was about 550 B. C., and yet it is in the time of Periander, who died circ. 585. ‘Plutarch’ (u. s. c. 22) puts the events ‘three generations’ before Polycrates, and tells us from independent sources (Dionysius of Chalcis, fl. c. 350; fr. 3, F. H. G. iv. 396) that it was Cnidians (not Samians) who restored the boys to Corcyra; he confirms this by an appeal to honours granted by Corcyra to Cnidus. H. may have been misled by his Samian informants. The tyrant's brutality, however, may be accepted as a fact, characteristic of the Oriental leanings of the Cypselidae. (Cf. App. XVI. 4.)


σιτίων . . . ἐργόντωγ. For starving out suppliants cf. Thuc. i. 134. 2; for the Samian evasion of their obligations to the Corinthians, under colour of a religious festival cf. Judges xxi. 19, the Gibeonites at Shiloh.

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