97.The dimensions of the dominion of the Odrysians by the seaside is from the city of the Abderites to the mouth of Ister in the Euxine Sea;and is, the nearest way, four days' and as many nights' sail for a round ship, with a continual fore wind.By land likewise the nearest way, it is from the city Abdera to the mouth of Ister eleven days' journey for an expedite footman.
Thus it lay in respect of the sea.Now for the continent: from Byzantium to the Laeaeans and to the river Strymon (for it reacheth this way farthest into the main land) it is for the like footman thirteen days' journey.
The tribute they received from all the barbarian nations and from the cities of Greece, in the reign of Seuthes (who reigned after Sitalces and made the most of it), was in gold and silver, by estimation, four hundred talents by year.And presents of gold and silver came to as much more, besides vestures, both wrought and plain, and other furniture presented not only to him but also to all the men of authority and Odrysian nobility about him.
For they had a custom, which also was general to all Thrace contrary to that of the kingdom of Persia, to receive rather than to give;and it was there a greater shame to be asked and deny than to ask and go without.Nevertheless they held this custom long by reason of their power, for without gifts there was nothing to be gotten done amongst them.So that this kingdom arrived thereby to great power.
For of all the nations of Europe that lie between the Ionian Gulf and the Euxine Sea, it was, for revenue of money and other wealth, the mightiest;though indeed for strength of an army and multitudes of soldiers, the same be far short of the Scythians.
For there is no nation, not to say of Europe but neither of Asia, that are comparable to this, or that as long as they agree, are able, one nation to one, to stand against the Scythians.And yet in matter of counsel and wisdom in the present occasions of life, they are not like to other men.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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