DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRACIES. 137 that I am deprived of what I own beyond the borders, and I receive no revenues from my property in Attica, and what I had in. my house has been sold ; I sleep, quietly stretching myself out, and I have become to the city an object of trust and no one threatens me, while I threaten others and like a freeman can. go abroad or stay at home. And rich men even rise up when they see me coming, and let me have their seats and step aside for me to pass. Then I paid tribute to the city, now the city, bringing me its contributions, maintains me." * These services of the wealthy are not to be regarded as a tax, for they were called for when there were no property-taxes, and those who were free from the usual litnrgice, as heiress daughters and minors, bore the other burden. The eisphora, or property-tax, was first introduced in 377 B. C., and classes were established in which, as afterwards in the towns under the decaying empire of Rome, the wealthier members ad- vanced the contribution of the rest, and then collected from the other members their shares amicably or by process of law. This advance for others sometimes bore the name of a \ liturgia> and was a process full of injustice. It is worth while to add that in other democracies the same plan was pursued, and that, if Boeckh is correct f in making the first of Solon's classes liable to pay taxes on the whole of its income, while the second paid only on five-sixths, and the third on five- ninths, we should have here a sliding scale against the more wealthy of very doubtful justice ; an instance of which, how- ever, has recently occurred in the United States, where in- comes above a certain amount paid an income tax of ten per cent, and those below of only five. When democracy at Athens took its final form, and while demagogues, the radical nuisance, corrupted the people at home for their own ends, thus destroying the energies of the state, there was far less of oppression, during the supremacy *Comp. also Xen. GEcon, n, 6, and various places in Aristotle's politics, and C. F. Hermann, u. s., i., §§ 68, 160-162. fComp. Boeckh, Staatsh., book iv./§' 5.