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Pasion

(d. 370 bc)


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(d. 370/69 bc)

was the richest banker and manufacturer of his time in Athens (see banks). He began his career as a slave with a banking firm in Piraeus, was made a freedman and later acquired ownership of the bank. He had two sons, Apollodorus 1 and Pasicles. He later became an Athenian citizen, having spent lavishly on donations to the city. Information about his business activities derives from a speech written in the 390s for a disgruntled client (see Isocrates 17), and from the later speeches of Apollodorus (see esp. Demosthenes 36, 45, 46). He left real estate of 20 talents and outstanding loans of almost 40.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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