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Tiniest criticism: a (very) few typos, and the feedback for extra studying on the finish of every bankruptcy might have been a bit fuller.
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10. iii, VI. 76. iv), and that theme occurs in Herodotus’ account of 479: it is very likely that both that and defence against further Persian attacks were intended when the alliance was formed, and why Thucydides wrote only of revenge and ravaging in I. 96 is an unsolved problem. There are many other problems in Thucydides’ account of the organisation of the new alliance (I. 96. i–97. i). The Athenians (specifically Aristides: V. 18. v and the later sources) ‘determined which of the cities were to provide money against the barbarians and which ships.
The Greeks’ chattel slaves came from various sources, commonly outside Greece, and it is hard to think of them as a body of men capable of taking over the running of the state after Sepeia. Argos had a serf class of gymnetes, and some have thought of them; but more probably we should regard ‘slaves’ as aristocratic abuse rather than literal truth, and follow Aristotle, who says that the Argives were obliged to take in some of their perioikoi (Pol. V. 1303 A 6–8): in other words, there will have been a synoecism, political if not physical, with men from the outlying communities coming to enjoy a measure of power.
Iv: cf. p. 19). States which join an alliance always give up the total freedom to decide their own policy with no reference to others which they might otherwise enjoy, but it was probably not thought necessary to spell out any guarantees of autonomy at the League’s foundation. No previous combination of states in Greece had seriously reduced the members’ freedom; and after the Ionian Revolt, in which strong leadership had been lacking and Athens had supported the Asiatic Greeks for the first year but not afterwards, it must have seemed more likely that the Athenians would withdraw from the war against the Persians than that they would interfere with the allies’ freedom.