Once when the daughter of Peisistratus was carrying the sacred basket in
and she was thought to excel all others in beauty, a young man stepped up
and with a superior air kissed the maiden. The girl's brothers, on learning what had been done,
were incensed at the youth's insolence, and leading him to their father they demanded that he
be punished. But Peisistratus laughingly said, "What shall we do then to those who hate us, if
we heap punishments on those who love2
Once when Peisistratus was
journeying through the country he saw a man on the slopes of Hymettus
working in a field where the soil was exceedingly thin and stony. And
wondering at the man's zeal for the work, he sent some of his company to inquire of him what
return he got from working ground like that.
And when the men
had carried out the command, the farmer replied that he got from the field only grievous pains;
but he did not care, since he gave the tenth part of them to Peisistratus. And the ruler, on
hearing the reply, laughed, and made the field exempt from taxation, whence arose the proverb,
give tax-exemption.Const. Exc. 4, pp.