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Chapter 6 Public Finance and War in Ancient Greece

6.1 Overview

Before the Persian Wars the Greeks did not rely on public finance to fight each other. Their hoplites armed and fed themselves. But in the confrontation with Persia this private funding of war proved to be inadequate. The liberation of the Greek states beyond the Balkans required the destruction of Persia’s seapower. In 478 Athens agreed to lead an alliance to do just this. Already it had Greece’s largest fleet. Yet, each campaign of this ongoing war would need tens of thousands of sailors and to go for months. No single Greek state could pay for such campaigns. Therefore the alliance agreed to adopt the Persian method for funding war: alliance members would pay annually a fixed amount of tribute. This enabled Athens to force Persia out of the Dardanelles and the Anatolian seaboard. Nevertheless the Athenians also realised that their military might depended on tribute and so tightened their control of its payers. In so doing they turned the alliance into an empire.

By 450 Athens had become a threat to Greece’s other dominant power. Sparta, however, struggled to meet this threat effectively. In the Peloponnesian War the Spartans realised that they could only do so if they too became a seapower. But their state’s weak finances ruled this out. All changed in 412, when Persia’s Great King decided to give it the necessary funds. In exchange for the right to levy tribute again on Anatolia’s Greeks, he helped the Spartans to acquire a large fleet. In 405 this fleet captured the last warships of Athens. Sparta could now dismantle the Athenian empire and force Athens to surrender by a land and sea blockade.

In the Corinthian War the Persians initially funded the anti-Spartan alliance, because the Spartans had decided to fight them for control of Anatolia’s Greek states. The Athenians used Persia’s gold to rebuild their fleet. With these warships they set out to re-establish the Athenian empire. But this represented a still bigger threat to Persia. Consequently the Great King switched his funding to the Spartans. They quickly assembled a fleet in the Dardanelles where they stopped the grain ships sailing for Athens. The Athenians feared that they would be starved into submission once again and so accepted the King’s Peace. This treaty of 386 scuttled their attempt to re-establish their empire. In order to keep waging wars, they now had to develop different funding sources. In this the Athenian state was reasonably successful. It was thus able to keep Sparta at bay and quickly became a major regional power. But it was not successful enough to stop the rise of Philip ii. By 338 this king had defeated Greece’s other regional powers and so had made Macedonia the new Greek hegemon. This success rested largely on his public-finance reforms. His son became less concerned about public finance as he conquered the Persian empire, for plunder easily paid for his army. But the hellenistic kingdoms that arose out of his conquests managed their public finances carefully. With vastly larger tax bases, they fielded armies several times larger than those of classical Athens or Sparta. War for dominance among the Greeks had now moved well beyond their city-states.

6.2 The Persian Wars

Archaic Greeks did not depend on public finance for waging war. They fought wars infrequently and usually only over contested land between poleis (‘city-states’).Footnote 1 Typically wars were initiated not by the state’s basic political institutions but by elite individuals in a private capacity.Footnote 2 These leaders raised volunteers by promising them a share of the booty and the land that could be won in battle (e.g. Plut. Vit. Sol. 9). The hoplites who volunteered usually only numbered in the hundreds (e.g. Thuc. 6.56–8). They came along with their own armour, weapons and food supplies. They too were drawn mainly from the elite.Footnote 3 Archaic wars went for days or weeks and were typically settled by a solitary battle. Because of the winning side’s lack of military capacity, they generally did not result in the subjugation, occupation or taxation of the other side’s polis (‘city-state’).Footnote 4 This meant that in the archaic period war was a predominantly private activity whose participants financed it themselves. Even after the sixth century Greek poleis that did not aspire to be major or dominant military powers, such as Athens, Sparta and Thebes, persisted with this small-scale fighting on land.Footnote 5

War changed in two big ways in the classical period. Both can be seen most clearly in the polis of Athens. In the fifth century this state quickly became one of Greece’s dominant military powers. Athens was largely responsible for making the wars of the Greeks reliant on public finance. The first change was that war became a fully public activity. In Athens this was a result of the democratic reforms that the elite leader, Cleisthenes, sponsored after 508.Footnote 6 These reforms gave the Athenian dēmos (‘people’) sole responsibility for initiating wars and a new public army of hoplites for waging them.Footnote 7 The second change was naval warfare: Persia had forced the Greeks to get serious about fighting at sea. The Athenians knew that the Ionian Revolt of 499 to 494 had failed because of Persia’s superior fleet. They knew too that it was Persian triremes that had transported the Great King’s army to Marathon in 490. Persia financed its navy through a unique feature of its empire: it required each of its subject states to pay an annual tax which was based on an assessment of what it could afford.Footnote 8 There was no parallel for this financing of war in archaic Greece. Persia’s Great King, Darius i, introduced this system of phoros (‘tribute’) in 518 (Hdt. 3.89–97).

In order to get ready for Persia’s next attempt to subjugate them, the Athenian dēmos decided, in 483, massively to expand and to upgrade their public navy.Footnote 9 As it cost about 1 talent (‘t’), that is, 26 kilograms of silver, to build a trireme,Footnote 10 they could only afford this expansion because of the unexpectedly high income that they had recently earned from Attica’s silver mines ([Arist.] Ath. Pol. 22.7; Hdt. 7.144). The 200 triremes which they had at the end of this shipbuilding was the largest polis-owned fleet yet seen. So that there were enough captains for this fleet, the Athenian dēmos formalised the liturgy of the trierarchy.Footnote 11 This public service required an elite citizen to command a trireme for one year and to pay for its running costs over and above the misthos (‘pay’) of its crew.Footnote 12 A trierarchy cost about 1 t.Footnote 13

The payment of trireme crews was the responsibility of the state. Their misthos was a logical necessity: because the trireme lacked the space for the stowing of food supplies, a trireme crew had to purchase food, each day, from local markets or private houses.Footnote 14 In addition there was no guarantee that sailors would remain with their ships if they were not paid. Athenian trierarchs usually hired their sailors from those volunteering their services in the Piraeus, the port of Athens, or in other ports along the way (e.g. [Dem.] 50.7–8, 12–13, 18–19). Because volunteers faced no sanction against desertion and could find employers elsewhere, they could, and sometimes did, desert if they were not paid (e.g. 11–12, 14–16, 25, 36).

6.3 The Athenian Empire

Athens therefore had to pay its sailors. Yet, doing so proved to be hugely expensive.Footnote 15 A sailor was normally paid 1 drachma (‘dr.’) per day (e.g. Thuc. 3.14; 6.8, 31; 7.27). This was the same as the misthos of a skilled labourer or a hoplite.Footnote 16 There were 200 sailors on a trireme and so it cost 6,000 dr., that is, 1 t. per month in order to keep it at sea (e.g. Thuc. 6.8). This meant that Athens had to spend hundreds of talents to send out even a fraction of its fleet for the regular sailing season of 8 months. In the Second Persian War of 480 to 479, the Athenians resorted to emergency measures to pay for their fleet (e.g. Plut. Vit. Them. 10). In order, however, to keep on using it they had to find an adequate source of public finance. This they did in 478, when Anatolia’s Greeks invited them to lead the ongoing war against Persia (Thuc. 1.94–7). The multilateral alliance that Athens subsequently established is often now called the Delian League.Footnote 17 So that it could finance their naval operations league members adopted the Persian method for funding war: most league members promised to pay an agreed amount of phoros each year. In most cases what each polis paid was the same as the annual tax that it had paid Persia.Footnote 18 These tribute payments added up to 460 talents per year.Footnote 19

In its first few decades the Delian League campaigned non-stop to expel Persians from harbours across the Aegean Sea, to destroy Persia’s fleet and to liberate Anatolia’s poleis (Thuc. 1.97–8). At the same time Athens started to undermine the independence of league members, who, by 450, were subject to laws of the Athenian dēmos and had long been prevented from seceding from what was now the Athenian empire.Footnote 20 Imperial income allowed Athens to employ thousands of elite and non-elite Athenians as sailors and hoplites.Footnote 21 It could now run campaigns that lasted months or, in the case of sieges, up to a few years. With phoros the Athenians could wage war more frequently than ever before and pioneer new forms of warfare on land and at sea.Footnote 22 Athens became, for example, the Greek world’s leading seapower and leading besieger of cities. Now it was widely recognised that war relied on public finance.Footnote 23 Athenian politicians argued that their state’s dunamis (‘military might’) depended on warships, fortifications and especially money.Footnote 24 They even argued that Athens would win the Peloponnesian War of 431 to 404, because its public finances were so much stronger than Sparta’s (e.g. Thuc. 1.142–3; 2.13, 65).

6.4 The Peloponnesian War

In spite of this financial strength, Athens still found the Peloponnesian War ruinously expensive. This war’s first 10 years were called the Archidamian War. On it the Athenian dēmos spent on average 1,500 t. per year.Footnote 25 This was 15 times more than what they spent on state religion and 10 times more than on running their democracy.Footnote 26 Because it also exceeded their state’s annual income of 1,000 t. (Xen. An. 7.1.27), the dēmos had to find extra funds urgently. In 428 the eisphora that they levied raised the unprecedented sum of 200 t. (Thuc. 3.19).Footnote 27 The eisphora was an intermittent tax on the elite’s property to pay for a war.Footnote 28 In 425 the Athenians trebled the phoros of their imperial subjects to 1,200 t.Footnote 29 Despite these public-finance measures, by 421, when Athens won the Archidamian War, it had exhausted its cash reserves of 6,000 t. (Thuc. 2.13; IG i3 369).

The Peace of Nicias of 421 to 414 saw these cash reserves quickly restored (Aeschin. 2.175; Andoc. 3.8–9; Thuc. 6.26). Sparta had long been Greece’s dominant land power, because its hoplites, as full-time professionals, fought much better than its enemies and it could force its allies to provide further hoplites for its wars without the need to pay them. In spite of all this, the enormous army that Sparta could raise proved ineffective against Athens, for whenever, in the course of the Peloponnesian War, it entered Athenian territory, the Athenians simply withdrew within their fortifications, imported food supplies by sea and waited for their enemies to leave (e.g. [Xen.] Ath. Pol. 2.16). Now Sparta realised that they could only defeat Athens if they became a major seapower (Thuc. 8.2–5). Yet, in order to become one, it too had to find a way to meet a fleet’s astronomical costs. Sparta found a way in 412, after the destruction of the enormous expedition that Athens had sent to conquer Sicily. Persia saw this destruction as the best opportunity in decades to get rid of the Athenian empire. In exchange for regaining the right to levy phoros on Anatolia’s Greeks, it provided Sparta with enough gold to build and to maintain a fleet (Thuc. 8.18, 37, 58).

In the course of the Ionian War, which is the name of the Peloponnesian War’s last phase, this Spartan fleet came in time to surpass what was left of the Athenian fleet.Footnote 30 In 405 Sparta easily destroyed the last of the Athenian triremes in the Dardanelles and so was able to force the surrender of Athens by a land and sea blockade (Xen. Hell. 2.1.27–2.9). With full control of the Aegean Sea, Sparta subjugated the last of the poleis that supported Athens and so brought the Athenian empire to an end.

6.5 The Corinthian War

In Greece’s next 10-year war Persia’s financial support was again decisive. The Corinthian War, which started in 395, got its name from the battles that were fought about Corinth. This war pitted Sparta against two of its former long-standing allies, Corinth and Thebes, which were now allied with Argos and Athens. Initially the Great King, Artaxerxes ii, funded this anti-Spartan alliance (e.g. Xen. Hell. 3.5.1–2; 4.8.9–11), because the Spartans had abandoned the treaty which they had struck with him during the Ionian War.Footnote 31 Instead of letting him levy phoros on Anatolia’s Greeks, the Spartans were now fighting him for control of them. Athens used Persia’s gold to rebuild its fortifications and its fleet (Xen. Hell. 4.8.9–10). With these triremes it attempted to re-establish the Athenian empire.Footnote 32 Athens was now forcing Greek poleis in Anatolia and the Dardanelles to be its subjects again (e.g. Xen. Hell. 4.8.27–30). On them Athens re-imposed the 5 per cent tax on their maritime trade (e.g. IG ii2 24), which it had first introduced in 413 (Thuc. 7.28). It re-imposed another public-finance measure which dated back to the Ionian War: the 10 per cent tax on merchant ships through the Dardanelles (Dem. 20.60).Footnote 33 It also authorised Athenian generals to extort money from neutral states or to plunder enemy territory (e.g. Lys. 28.5; Xen. Hell. 4.8.30, 35). These measures too had come to the fore in the Ionian War.Footnote 34

These Athenian actions were manifestly at Persia’s expense. By the early 380s Athens was even backing revolts against the Persian empire in Cyprus and Egypt (Ar. Plut. 178; Xen. Hell. 4.8.24; 5.1.10). Artaxerxes ii belatedly realised that by helping Athens to fight Sparta he was fighting fire with fire. The Athenians now appeared to be a bigger threat to his empire than the Spartans would ever be. Therefore the Great King agreed to support Sparta financially as long as he got complete control of Anatolia’s Greeks (Xen. Hell. 5.1.25). With Persia’s renewed financial support, the Spartans assembled and quickly manned eighty warships and sailed to the Dardanelles where they stopped the grain ships sailing to Athens (5.1.28). This action brought the Corinthian War to a speedy end, for the Athenian dēmos feared being starved into submission as they had been in 405. Consequently, when Persia summoned to Sardis all those who wished to hear the general peace treaty that the Great King wanted, the ambassadors of Sparta and the anti-Spartan alliance arrived with flattering speed (5.1.30).

6.6 The Second Athenian League

The King’s Peace of 386 ended the attempt of Athens to rebuild its empire. Anatolia’s poleis, which had been this empire’s largest group, were again, after a century, Persian subjects (Xen. Hell. 5.1.31). The peace treaty also stipulated that the other Greek poleis must be autonomous. This meant that the Athenian dēmos could no longer force other states into dependent international relations. Against any polis which broke these terms Artaxerxes promised that he ‘would make war both by land and sea, and with ships and with money’. Worse still he let Sparta use the autonomy clause as an excuse to attack other poleis or to ignore it altogether.Footnote 35 In the face of this resurgent Sparta, Athens had to find new allies as a matter of urgency. It took the Athenian dēmos several years to work out just how to do this: they would invite other states to join a multilateral alliance that respected the King’s Peace.Footnote 36 This alliance is often called today the second Athenian league. Athens promised league members that it would not interfere in their politics nor make them pay phoros.Footnote 37 By 378 the Athenians judged that this league was sufficiently large to resume full-scale war against Sparta.

In the fifth century Athens had largely paid for its armed forces out of imperial income. But the King’s Peace now ruled this funding source out.Footnote 38 In order to fund this new war, the Athenian dēmos thus needed to reform public finances. In 378 they changed how the intermittent tax for war on elite property was collected.Footnote 39 Eisphora-payers no longer paid individually. Instead they were placed into groups and the wealthiest three members of each paid for the whole group before collecting the tax from the other group members (e.g. Dem. 2.24, 30; 22.44; [Dem.] 50.8; Isaeus 6.60). This reform helped to ensure that some funds for an expedition were always on hand for its departure. For the same end the dēmos had, by 373, established a dedicated fund to pay for war.Footnote 40 Before 350 any surplus of public income at the year’s end was deposited into this stratiōtika or military fund.Footnote 41

By 373, finally, Athens had started asking league members to make suntaxeis (‘contributions’) to their joint expeditions.Footnote 42 During the Athenian empire, the Athenians alone had complete control over the amount of phoros to be collected and how it was to be spent (e.g. IG i3 71). These suntaxeis were quite different. The second Athenian league had an independent council of its members.Footnote 43 This council authorised the contribution amount that each polis paid and how the collected suntaxeis could be spent.Footnote 44 In the 340s these contributions came to around 60 t. per year (e.g. Aeschin. 2.71; Dem. 18.234).

In the 370s and the 360s Athens spent on average 500 t. per year on its armed forces.Footnote 45 In spite of these public-finance reforms, this was often a struggle. Fourth-century stratēgoi (‘generals’) regularly found that the internal funds that the dēmos had given them as well as the allied suntaxeis fell short of what they needed to pay their forces.Footnote 46 All too often they were thus required to be ‘entrepreneurs of war’.Footnote 47 The results of military success went some way to cover their shortfalls.Footnote 48 For his victory at Naxos, in 376, for example, Chabrias secured 110 t. in booty and 3,000 captives, whose sale, as slaves, would have realised up to 100 t. more.Footnote 49 In 373 Iphicrates made 60 t. for his sailors by ransoming prisoners of war.Footnote 50 Those generals that sold into slavery captured poleis in their entirety would have realised still more (e.g. Dem. 2.28; Diod. Sic. 16.34.3–4).

Another external prosodos (‘income stream’) that was no less lucrative for them was merchant shipping.Footnote 51 Early on, stratēgoi took money directly from ‘ship-owners and merchants’. By the 340s, however, poleis were paying them on behalf of their own merchant ships (Dem. 8.24–5). In what was a classic protection racket Athenian fleets sometimes protected such ships from third parties (e.g. [Dem.] 50.6, 17–22). But all understood that the money was mainly to protect them from the Athenians themselves (Dem. 8.24–5), for their stratēgoi, if they could, simply did not let pass those who had not paid or, alternatively, plundered their cargoes (e.g. 28; Aeschin. 2.71–2).

On campaign fourth-century generals also raised funds by plundering the enemy’s khōra (‘countryside’) and merchant shipping.Footnote 52 If they still needed another external prosodos, there was always the extortion of neutral states outside the second Athenian league.Footnote 53 In such argurologoi (‘money-raising’) operations, generals, it seems, threatened to plunder a state’s khōra unless it handed over sufficient money.Footnote 54 In the fourth century Athenian generals were renowned across the eastern Mediterranean for their ability to raise external funds on campaign.Footnote 55

Significantly Athenian stratēgoi could not treat the external funds that they raised as their own private property as the imperatores (‘commanders’) of the Roman Republic would come to do.Footnote 56 Money raised by these measures was still judged to be public property.Footnote 57 The dēmos authorised its collection and usage either before a general departed or during his campaign.Footnote 58 On his return he had to submit an account of what he had raised in the field and to hand over any surplus to the state.Footnote 59

6.7 The Rise of the Hellenistic Kingdoms

These different funding sources enabled the Athenians to become a major regional power.Footnote 60 They could thus continue fighting Sparta successfully until the Thebans ended Spartan hegemony at the battle of Leuctra in 371. For the next three decades the Athenians were able to keep enemies well away from their territory and to launch the fleets that were required to protect their vital shipping lines through the Dardanelles. Athens was once again recognised as Greece’s leading seapower.Footnote 61 Yet, in spite of this renewed military success, public finances would never be strong enough to stop the rise of Philip ii. In only 20 years this king turned Macedonia into a major regional power and then, with his victory at the battle of Chaeronea in 338, into Greece’s new hegemon.Footnote 62

Certainly this rise had a lot to do with the Macedonian king’s military innovations. Philip ii introduced an unrivalled training programme for the Macedonian army.Footnote 63 He employed vast numbers of non-Macedonian hoplites, horsemen and peltasts as mercenaries (e.g. Dem. 9.58). By investing in siege engines this king came to surpass Athens as a besieger of cities (e.g. Dem. 9.48–50; Diod. Sic. 16.8.2). Nevertheless what made this military pioneering possible was his careful building up of Macedonia’s public finances.Footnote 64 Philip ii fully exploited the mineral resources of his expanding state.Footnote 65 When he captured, for example, Mount Pangaeum in 356, he massively expanded its gold mines (Diod. Sic. 16.8.6). This mining alone earned him 1,000 t. per year. As he incorporated new territories into Macedonia he also broadened its tax base by requiring their elites to pay eisphorai on their private property.Footnote 66

His son, Alexander the Great, by contrast, grew less concerned about public finances as he conquered the Persian empire, for plunder, he found, easily paid for his army.Footnote 67 Initially the diadochoi (‘successors’), who, after Alexander iii’s death in 323, fought over his conquests, found the same. But in time they too had to manage carefully their public finances.Footnote 68 Consequently the Ptolemies introduced a 10 per cent tax on Egyptian agriculture. In Anatolia and beyond, the Seleucids maintained the phoros of the Persians, while the Antigonids built on what Philip ii had done in Macedonia. Such public-finance reforms enabled the hellenistic kingdoms to raise significantly the scale of Greek warfare.Footnote 69 At the battle of Gaza, for example, in 217, the armies of Antiochus iii and Ptolemy iv, which were mainly composed of mercenaries, totalled 140,000 (Polyb. 5.65, 79–87). This was several times more than the armies that Athens and Sparta had ever put into field against each other. War for dominance in the ancient Greek world had now moved decisively beyond its poleis.

2 E.g. Hdt. 6.34–7; Frost Reference Frost1984: 283–94.

3 See p. 6.

4 The exception is the archaic Spartans who enslaved the Messenians and turned themselves into full-time hoplites in order to maintain their enslavement; see especially Cartledge Reference Cartledge2001a: 299–307.

5 Connor Reference Connor1988: 6–8.

6 See pp. 2–3.

7 Hdt. 5.96–7; Pritchard Reference Pritchard and Pritchard2010a: 15–16.

9 See pp. 67–8.

10 E.g. [Arist.] Ath. Pol. 22.7; IG ii2 1628.339–68; Pritchard Reference Pritchard2015d: 105–6.

11 Gabrielsen Reference Gabrielsen1994: 19–104.

12 See pp. 88–92.

13 See pp. 165–6.

14 E.g. [Dem.] 50.22, 53–5; Pritchard Reference Pritchard2012c: 47–8.

16 Loomis Reference Loomis1998: 32–61, 97–120.

17 Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 14–21.

19 Thuc. 1.96, 99. See also Phillips Reference Phillips2010.

20 Meiggs Reference Meiggs1972: 152–74; Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 20–1, 41–51.

22 See pp. 8–9.

23 Pritchard Reference Pritchard1998: 55.

24 See pp. 126–9.

25 See pp. 165–6.

26 For the cost of state religion, see Pritchard Reference Pritchard2015d: 27–51. For the cost of democracy, see Pritchard Reference Pritchard2015d: 52–90.

27 Samons Reference Samons2000: 205.

29 See p. 161.

30 Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 142–54.

32 See pp. 29–31.

33 Flament Reference Flament2007: 191–200.

34 Flament Reference Flament2007: 179–89.

35 E.g. Diod. Sic. 15.5.3–5; Xen. Hell. 5.2–3; Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 212–13.

36 Diod. Sic. 15.28–9; Cargill Reference Cargill1981.

37 IG ii2 43.15–45; Rhodes and Osborne Reference Rhodes and Osborne2003: 92–113.

38 Flament Reference Flament2007: 199.

39 Christ Reference Christ2007: 53–69.

40 E.g. RO 26.53–5; Rhodes Reference Rhodes2013: 219.

41 E.g. Dem. 1.19–20; 3.11–13; Cawkwell Reference Cawkwell1962; Reference Cawkwell1963: 55–6; Flament Reference Flament2007: 206–7; Rhodes Reference Rhodes1981: 513–15.

42 E.g. Dem. 18.234; [Dem.] 49.49; IG ii2 43.23; Brun Reference Brun1983: 91–3.

43 Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 232–3.

44 E.g. IG ii2 233; Gabrielsen Reference Gabrielsen, Sabin, van Wees and Whitby2007: 267–8; Rhodes and Osborne Reference Rhodes and Osborne2003: 358–61 pace Flament Reference Flament2007: 213.

45 Pritchard Reference Pritchard2015d: 99–113.

46 E.g Dem. 2.28; 8.21, 23, 24–6; Isoc. 15.108–9, 111–13, 120.

47 The phrase is C. Flament’s (Reference Flament2007: 209).

49 Diod. Sic. 15.35.2; Dem. 20.77. The average retail price of a slave in classical Athens was 200 dr. (p. 39).

50 Diod. Sic. 15.47.7; Xen. Hell. 6.2.33, 35–6; Flament Reference Flament2007: 207–8.

51 Lys. 19.50; Flament Reference Flament2007: 209, 213.

52 E.g. Dem. 24.11–13; Diod. Sic. 16.57.2–3; Isoc. 15.111–12; Polyaen. 3.9.55, 10.9.

53 E.g. Isoc. 15.113; Xen. Hell. 6.2.33, 38; Flament Reference Flament2007: 209.

54 Xen. Hell. 4.8.30; Meiggs Reference Meiggs1972: 254.

55 E.g. [Arist.] Oec. 1350b–1a, 1353a; Polyaen. 3.11.5; Davies Reference Davies2004: 491–512; Reference Davies and Tiersch2016: 389.

56 Hamel Reference Hamel1998a: 158; Pritchard Reference Pritchard2015d: 70 pace Taylor Reference Taylor2001: 61.

57 E.g. Dem. 24.11–14; Lys. 28.1–4, 6, 10; 29.2, 5, 8–11, 14; Xen. Hell. 1.2.4–5.

58 E.g. Dem. 8.9; 21.3; Diod. Sic. 16.57.2–3; Lys. 28.5–6; Burckhardt Reference Burckhardt and Eder1995: 115, 130; Millett Reference Millett and Erskine2009: 475.

59 E.g. Dem. 20.17–80; Lys. 28.6; Fröhlich Reference Fröhlich2000: 81–111.

60 See pp. 17–19.

61 E.g. Dem. 6.12; 8.45; Diod. Sic. 15.78.4; Xen. Hell. 7.1.1.

62 Rhodes Reference Rhodes2006: 296–322.

63 E.g. Dem. 9.47–52; Diod. Sic. 16.3.1; Frontin. Str. 4.1.6; Polyaenus 4.2.10.

65 Bosworth Reference Bosworth1988: 8–9.

66 Bosworth Reference Bosworth1988: 8.

67 E.g. Diod. Sic. 7.80.13; Bosworth Reference Bosworth1988: 241–5.

69 Chaniotis Reference Chaniotis2005: 1–17.