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There was one central government and when its word went out to levy men for war or cattle for sacrifice, it was obeyed. This government was aristocratic and the Attic peasant left high affairs of state to his betters, while he busied himself in farming or learning to plant olives. Athenians went down As yet there was little overseas trade. to the sea in ships, for the paths of the sea and many scholars see in the naucraries evidence for a navy on a small scale, while Attic vases of the Dipylon style often display what may be Athenian galleys guarding against pirates (vol.

THE PERSIAN EMPIRE 20 [chap. worked out on the suggestion of Phanes. Whether on this point Cambyses actually needed the advice of the Greek renegade from Egypt, or was otherwise acquainted, as Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal before him had been, with the essentials to a successful passage of the desert lying between Palestine and Egypt, he secured the water-supply for his army by establishing good relations with the Arabs. Of the action of the fleet, which supported the land army, no details are known its base was at Acre^.

1 3, 1 5), they appear the enemies of Shalmaneser III and his successors (vol. m, pp. 26, 34, 51). Their later history (which is only slightly known), in particular, the rise of Phraortes and Cyaxares, has been noticed in connection with the 1 Whatever the among history of Urartu, etc. (see vol. in, pp. , 220). For the late Median empire in Babylon and a Median Darius prior to notions of a Cyrus, see the commentaries on the Book of Daniel. THE LAND OF I, i] PERSIA 3 they contributed soldiers to Tyre at the beginning of the sixth century, and were expected by the prophet to form part of the army of Gog.

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