Antiphon, Fragments

LCL 308: 290-291

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Title known from Harpocration.

Like the speech which follows, this must have been written for the representatives of a subject-state who had come to Athens to seek a readjustment of tribute. It is known that Lindus, together with the rest of Rhodes, revolted from Athens in 412 b.c. The present speech, however, must have been delivered before 413,a when a 5 per cent tax on imports and exports was substituted for the φόρος.


1. Ἡ γὰρ νῆσος, ἣν ἔχομεν, δήλη μὲν καὶ πόρρωθεν <ὅτι>1 ἐστὶν ὑψηλὴ καὶ τραχεῖα· καὶ τὰ μὲν χρήσιμα καὶ ἐργάσιμα μικρὰ αὐτῆς ἐστι, τὰ δ᾿ ἀργὰ πολλά, μικρᾶς αὐτῆς οὔσης. Demetrius, On Style 53.

2. Καὶ γὰρ οἱ τὴν ἀρχὴν οἰκίσαντες2 τὴν νῆσον ἦσαν Σάμιοι, ἐξ ὧν ἡμεῖς ἐγενόμεθα. κατῳκίσθησαν δὲ ἀνάγκῃ, οὐκ ἐπιθυμίᾳ τῆς νήσου· ἐξέπεσον γὰρ ὑπὸ τυράννων ἐκ Σάμου καὶ τύχῃ


A. Speeches written for delivery in the Ecclesia

i. On the Tribute of Lindus

The word ἐπίσκοπος, quoted by Harpocration as occurring in the speech, shows that there was at least some reference to Athenian supervision of the civil affairs of the subject-states.b The fact that Antiphon should have written a speech of this kind is not surprising, when it is remembered that it was a part of oligarchic policy to uphold the cause of the subject-states against the popular government. In the same way he supported the claims of Samothrace against Athens, and composed a defence for a native Lesbian, charged with the murder of an Athenian cleruch.

2. On the Tribute of Samothrace

1. For the island we inhabit is mountainous and rocky, as can be seen even from afar. It is but small; yet the productive and cultivable portion is small, and the unproductive large.

2. For those who originally occupied the island were Samians; and from them we are descended. They settled there from force of circumstances, not from any desire for the island; for they were driven

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.antiphon-fragments.1941