This was better in some respects than if the mercenaries had been foreigners.
The mercenaries again held Ortygia and Achradina.
It must further be noticed that the rise of mercenaries was synchronous with a change in the nature of Italian despotism.
They were first noticed by Lepsius at Abu-Simbel, where he correctly inferred that they were the work of the Carian mercenaries of Psammetichus.
The constables of these castles had adopted the custom of compelling these landholders to give money and not service, mercenaries being then hired to perform this.