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This last feature produced a consequence commented on by Thucydides—namely, a tendency of the sword bearer to drift to the right in the direction of the protection offered by his neighbour.
For this reason the best troops were posted on the far right to act as anchor-men.
As the Greek world expanded its mental and financial horizons, other Corinthian families grew envious.
The result was the first firmly datable and well-authenticated Greek tyranny, or one-man rule by a usurper.
Between the two seas there was a haulage system, involving a rightly famous engineering feat, the so-called , which was excavated in the 1950s, was a line of grooved paving-stones across which goods could be dragged for transshipment (probably not the merchant ships themselves, though there is some evidence that warships, which were lighter, were so moved in emergencies).
There is explicit information that the Bacchiadae had profited hugely from the harbour dues.
Like Chalcis, which supervised sea traffic between southern Greece and Macedonia but also had close links with Boeotia and Attica, Corinth controlled both a north-south route (the Isthmus of Corinth, in modern times pierced by the Corinth Canal) and an east-west route. Corinth had two ports, Lechaeum to the west on the Gulf of Corinth and Cenchreae to the east on the Saronic Gulf.Dealings with opulent Asian civilizations were bound to produce disparities in wealth, and hence social conflicts, within the aristocracies of Greece.One function of institutions such as guest-friendship was no doubt to ensure the maintenance of the charmed circle of social and economic privilege.Modern scholars have tried to look for more general factors behind Cypselus’s success than a desire in a new world of wealth and opportunity to put an end to Bacchiad oppressiveness and exclusivity.One much-favoured explanation is military, but it must be said straightaway that the specific evidence for support of Cypselus by a newly emergent military class is virtually nonexistent.