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Hell. 25. Xen. Hell. 30–1. Xen. Hell. 31 (oÔ po´seqoi) with Lewis, Sparta and Persia, 147 with n. 79. Xen. Hell. 30. Xen. Hell. 32 cf. 35. Making and breaking treaties in the Greek world 19 swore. I dare say some states not involved in the war did respond to TiribazusÕ summons and did swear, particularly no doubt some which felt threatened by a powerful neighbour and wished to make it clear that they were among the states whose autonomy was to be guaranteed; I am sure that there were others which did not.

8–9; Plut. Alcib. 31; Diod. 18 In this period the Persian satraps were mainly responsible for relations with the Greeks, and the Great King of Persia was reached by Greek embassies only on very specific occasions. Some Greek authors present the satrapsÕ policy toward the Greeks as the maintenance of a balance of power in the Greek world. Thucydides says that Tissaphernes was convinced to pursue this policy by Alcibiades, who acted in his own interests (Thuc. 1–2). 19 Thucydides records the Spartans accusing Alcibiades and Tissaphernes of Ôplaying a double gameÕ (Thuc.

III, 87–99. A. Keaveney, ÔThe Medisers of ThessalyÕ, Eranos 93 (1995), 30–8. D. F. Graf, ÔMedism: The Origin and Significance of the TermÕ, Journal of Hellenic Studies 104 (1984), 15–30 at 15. 30 Eduard Rung certain that the significant factor in the origin of the phenomenon of medism was the GreeksÕ fear of the might of the Great King of Persia, the danger of war and devastation of their own territory. However, this factor became less and less influential as the Persian threat decreased after 479 BC.

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