Some Politicians Get Wealthy in Office; A Few Don’t (Aelian 10.17)

“Kritias says that Themistokles the son of Neokles, before he became a politician, had inherited a family fortune of three talents. After he had been involved in public life, fled, and his property was liquidated, he was exposed as having a wealth greater than one hundred talents. Similarly, before serving the public interest, it seems that Kleon had nothing that was free [of debt]. Afterwards he let behind him a household worth fifty talents.”


Λέγει Κριτίας Θεμιστοκλέα τὸν Νεοκλέους πρὶν  ἢ ἄρξασθαι πολιτεύεσθαι, τρία τάλαντα ἔχειν τὴν οὐσίαν τὴν πατρῴαν· ἐπεὶ δὲ τῶν κοινῶν προέστη εἶτα ἔφυγε, καὶ ἐδημεύθη αὐτοῦ ἡ οὐσία, κατεφωράθη ἑκατὸν ταλάντων πλείω οὐσίαν ἔχων. ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Κλέωνα πρὸ τοῦ παρελθεῖν ἐπὶ τὰ κοινὰ μηδὲν τῶν οἰκείων ἐλεύθερον εἶναι· μετὰ δὲ πεντήκοντα ταλάντων τὸν οἶκον ἀπέλιπε.

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