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Once when the daughter of Peisistratus was carrying the sacred basket in procession1 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 us?" [2]

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. [3] 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, Even spasms3 give tax-exemption.Const. Exc. 4, pp. 291-293.

1 In the Panathenaic festival and procession.

2 φιλεῖν has the two meanings of "love" and "kiss."

3 According to Suidas, the man had replied that he got from the land "pains and spasms."

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