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F. , has a useful discussion of the present passage. The actual situation of the earliest colonial Greek cities was rather different. Here the early pattern was for an off-shore island to be occupied and then for the colonists to establish a bridgehead and move across permanently when they were strong enough to maintain themselves against native resistance. A good example is the settlement, in c 750, first of the island of Pithecusae in the Bay of Naples, then of Cumae on the mainland: ‘primo in insulas Aenariam et Pithecusas egressi, deinde in continentem ausi sedes transferre’, Livy, viii.
4 below), which baldly gives the royal sequence Pelops-Atreus-Thyestes-Agamemnon. ’s version of the myth, Pelops son of Tantalos was an oriental from Lydia or Phrygia; Eurystheus was grandson of Perseus and son of Sthenelos. Sthenelos had married Nikippe the sister of Atreus and Thyestes. Chrysippos was the half-brother of Atreus and Thyestes, son of Pelops by a previous marriage (so Hellanikos). Atreus and Thyestes killed Chrysippos and were banished by Pelops; Eurystheus, embarking on an expedition to Attica against the children of Herakles, entrusted his kingdom of Mycenae to his uncle, the banished Atreus.
AXAov levai auTu: ‘from a desire to protect his growing revenues’. The first use of the important word npoaoSoi, ‘revenues’, which will recur both in the Archaeology (i. ) and in some later chapters which give essential material about Athenian imperial finance (ii. 13, resources at the beginning of the war; iv. 108, Amphipolis; vii. 28, economic damage suffered after Spartan occupation of Dekeleia), not to mention various speeches on this theme. ] suggests that 22 The Thalassocracy o fMinos Minos tried to regularize his revenues, which is a possible hypothesis but for which there is no evidence’.
Once Upon a Time in America (BFI Modern Classics) by Adrian Martin