Aeneas Tacticus 13.





13. [The maintenance of mercenaries]

1. If it is necessary to maintain mercenaries, it may be done with least risk in the following manner.

(The maintenance of mercenaries)

The wealthiest citizens should be required to provide one, two or three mercenaries apiece, according to their means; when a sufficient number has been collected, they should be divided into companies, under the command of the most trustworthy citizens. 2. These mercenaries should receive their pay and maintenance from those who hire them, partly at the expense of the latter, partly from funds contributed by the state. 3. Each party of them should be quartered in the house of the man who has engaged them, but those who are told off for any public service, night watches, or other duties assigned by the magistrates, should always be assembled under the supervision of their commanders. 4. Repayment should be made after a certain time to those who have advanced money on account of the mercenaries, the sum in question to be subtracted from taxes paid by each man to the state. This will provide the quickest, safest and cheapest system of maintaining mercenaries.






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