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483; 1072-1075; 1605; Lys. 616-634; Thesm. 335-351; 1136-1144). The enormous fear of tyranny in Athens on the eve of the Sicilian campaign is clearly seen in Thucydides as well (Thuk. 66 But Demophantus’ decree is especially interesting. This psephism forcing people to take the oath that they would pitilessly pursue the enemies of democracy was issued after the downfall of the “Four Hundred” (Andok. 67 It is indicative that this oath saw tyranny as the main threat to the de­mocratic system even after an obviously oligarchic revolution.

Scholars have mostly taken the side of the envoys. 8 But I think that the text invites us to share our sympathies between the characters, since Achilles has much better reasons for declining the embassy than usually accepted. When the envoys arrive, Achilles underlines that the three of them are his best friends among the Achaeans (198, 204), and later on Phoenix repeats this (521-2). The whole of the latter’s long speech (434-605) exploits the fact that they are related by bonds of close friendship, and that between himself and Achilles the relationship is even that of a father to his son.

Bačkalov, “Vrbnica kod Prizrena – nekropola X-XIII veka”, Nakit na tlu Srbije od IX do XV veka, Exhibition catalogue (Belgrade: National Museum, 1982). 7 8 Bačkalov, “Vrbnica kod Prizrena”, 56–57. Ž. Mikić, “Antropološke karakteristike srednjovekovne nekropole Djonaj kod Prizrena”, Glasnik Muzeja Kosova XIII/XIV (Pristina, 1984), 115-122. 9 Ž. Mikić, Anthropological Traces of Slav Presence 41 medieval graves discovered. 10 Analysis of the anthropological material was not performed. BELA CRKVA – or the site of Kiš or Požig, in the village of the same name near Djakovica.

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