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Ἀμύντης: cf. ch. 17. His connexion with the Pisistratidae (only here indicated) may have arisen from Pisistratus' possessions on the Strymon and the Thermaic gulf (Ath. Pol. 15).

Ἀνθεμοῦντα: in Mygdonia, whence Amyntas had driven the Edonians over the Strymon (cf. Thuc. ii. 99, 100).

Θεσσαλοὶ (cf. ch. 63) Ἰωλκόν: on the Pagasaean gulf, suitable for a naval power.

νόθον: illegitimate, since his mother Timonassa was an Argive and could not contract a legal marriage with Pisistratus. A difficulty arises, because while Thucydides (vi. 55) recognizes three legitimate sons of Pisistratus—Hippias, Hipparchus, and Thessalus, as recorded on the stele in the Acropolis—Aristotle (Ath. Pol. 17) states that only Hippias and Hipparchus were sons of his lawful wife, while Iophon and Hegesistratus, whose other name was Thessalus, were born of an Argive. The best solution is due to Toepffer (Beitrage, p. 251 f.). He holds that Hegesistratus, illegitimate by birth, was afterwards legitimized under the name of Thessalus, which name accordingly he bears later in Aristotle (Ath. Pol. 18) and in the decree of ἀτιμία against the tyrants (Thuc. vi. 55). Iophon, on the other hand, was never legitimized, and was therefore unmentioned in the decree.

Ἡγησίστρατον. This name was given him for the part he took in leading the Argive allies in the battle of Pallene (i. 62; Ath. Pol. 17); that of Thessalus is doubtless a compliment to the Thessalian allies of Athens (ch. 63).


ἔκ τε Ἀχιλληίου. The tomb of Achilles, near the mouth of the Scamander (Strabo 600).

οὔτε συγγινωσκόμενοι, ‘not acknowledging their claim but, showing,’ though the district was studded with Lesbian colonies, Athens claimed it (Aesch. Eum. 397).

λόγῳ: by an argument (cf. i. 129. 3), taken no doubt from Homer, and similar to those used to prove that Salamis belonged to Athens (Plut. Sol. 10; Il. ii. 558) and to support her claims to precedence (vii. 161; ix. 27).

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