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At once, then, Aristeides advised all the allies as they were holding a general assembly to designate the island of DelosThat is, the temple of Apollo on that island. as their common treasury and to deposit there all the money they collected, and towards the war which they suspected would come from the Persians to impose a levy upon all the cities according to their means, so that the entire sum collected would amount to five hundred and sixty talents.According to Thuc. 1.96.2 and Plut. Arist. 24.3 and Plut. Arist. 24.3 the first assessment amounted to four hundred and sixty talents. The latest and fullest treatment of this subject is B. D. Meritt, H. T. Wade-Gery, M.F. McGregor, The Athenian Tribute Lists, Vol. 1 (1939). And when he was appointed to allocate the levy, he distributed the sum so accurately and justly that all the cities consented to it. Consequently, since he was considered to have accomplished an