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Thus towards the end of the Homeric period Greece becomes covered with vineyards and lays the foundation of the olive-groves which will one day be its adornment and its fortune. It has no oil for eating or burning, and it gets its perfumed ointments from the East ; but already it makes stout handles and valu able furniture from olive-wood. For a long time it had obtained its wine from abroad ; Thrace supplied the delicious Maroneian, and Pramnian came from Asia. But now it makes its own wine and knows how to keep it in goatskins.
Every suitor has his eschatie, and one of them has made an enclosed orchard in it. Thus large properties are formed with a view to live-stock, at the expense of the common properties and to the profit of a few families. The most remarkable of these ranches is that which belongs to Odysseus. " We have the inven tory of it : " On the mainland, twelve herds of cattle, as many sheep-folds, as many pigsties, as many big pens for goats, all guarded by strangers or slaves ; in Ithaca, on the pastures of the reservation, eleven great herds of goats and twelve of pigs "-altogether seventy-two flocks and herds.
What precaution ca� they take ? Heracles, it is true, secures his three years' wages in advance from Omphale by the device of a fictitious sale, but his case is exceptional. The Thetes have to trust to a good faith which frequently fails. Even their liberty, their sole pride, is not guaranteed. Just like the beggars, they are in danger of being put into chains and sold as slaves in a distant island. We can understand the utter distress which lay behind such an existence. " To resign himself to such a wretched condition a man must be hard driven by need.