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 ===Miletus=== ===Miletus===
-Sitting on a natural harbour on the southern entry to a large bay in Anatolia, <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​miletus">​Miletus</​apdx>​ is built around its port and the mouth of the Maeander River. High mountains rise on either side of the river and a small island protects the harbour. From the port the city stretches inland and up into the surrounding hills in a grid pattern. ​ Having the major port in the region has made Miletus the richest Greek city in Anatolia, rivalling Corinth and Athens in wealth.+Sitting on a natural harbour on the southern entry to a large bay in Anatolia, <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​miletus">​Miletus</​apdx>​ is built around its port and the mouth of the Maeander River. High mountains rise on either side of the river and a small island protects the harbour. From the port the city stretches inland and up into the surrounding hills in a grid pattern. Having the major port in the region has made Miletus the richest Greek city in Anatolia, rivalling Corinth and Athens in wealth.
  
 Miletus is under Persian occupation and has been for a decade. Authority is wielded by a governor appointed by the local <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​satrap">​satrap</​apdx>​ who maintains a small garrison to hold the city. The population are still strongly Greek and they wait for an opportunity to throw the Persians out. In the meantime they are left alone by the invaders and are allowed to worship Greek gods. Only a little trade now flows through Miletus and there is an air of laziness in the city with citizens reputed to enjoy debauched parties. Miletus is under Persian occupation and has been for a decade. Authority is wielded by a governor appointed by the local <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​satrap">​satrap</​apdx>​ who maintains a small garrison to hold the city. The population are still strongly Greek and they wait for an opportunity to throw the Persians out. In the meantime they are left alone by the invaders and are allowed to worship Greek gods. Only a little trade now flows through Miletus and there is an air of laziness in the city with citizens reputed to enjoy debauched parties.
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 Power in Syracuse has changed hands multiple times between despots and democracy. At present the city is ruled by the tyrant <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​dionysus_the_elder">​Dionysius</​apdx>​. He overthrew a democratic government and rules with an iron fist, his sole policy being to drive the Carthaginians off Sicily. To do this, Dionysius has established a large standing army of mercenaries and a navy equipped with the most powerful ships ever seen, quinqueremes with five sets of rowers instead of three. Power in Syracuse has changed hands multiple times between despots and democracy. At present the city is ruled by the tyrant <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​dionysus_the_elder">​Dionysius</​apdx>​. He overthrew a democratic government and rules with an iron fist, his sole policy being to drive the Carthaginians off Sicily. To do this, Dionysius has established a large standing army of mercenaries and a navy equipped with the most powerful ships ever seen, quinqueremes with five sets of rowers instead of three.
  
-Syracuse is focused around the little island of Ortygia which has a causeway leading to the mainland, creating two natural harbours. ​ The city started on the little island but has since spread inland and now Dionysius is building a massive fortress there to protect the city and cement his power.+Syracuse is focused around the little island of Ortygia which has a causeway leading to the mainland, creating two natural harbours. The city started on the little island but has since spread inland and now Dionysius is building a massive fortress there to protect the city and cement his power.
  
-Whilst the city has become highly militarised,​ Dionysius has pushed cultural growth. The massive ancient theatre in the city rings with poetry and plays attracting many famous artists and poets to the city. The tyrant himself writes many poems, but they are badly received and draw hisses at the Olympic games. Philosophers and poets live in Dionysius'​ court, such as Philoxenus and the famous Plato. At one time he arrested Philoxenus for criticising his poetry and sent him to slave in the quarries. ​ Later, Dionysius had him brought back to court so he could read him his latest poem. He asked how he liked it and the poet replied "Take me back to the quarries."​+Whilst the city has become highly militarised,​ Dionysius has pushed cultural growth. The massive ancient theatre in the city rings with poetry and plays attracting many famous artists and poets to the city. The tyrant himself writes many poems, but they are badly received and draw hisses at the Olympic games. Philosophers and poets live in Dionysius'​ court, such as Philoxenus and the famous Plato. At one time he arrested Philoxenus for criticising his poetry and sent him to slave in the quarries. Later, Dionysius had him brought back to court so he could read him his latest poem. He asked how he liked it and the poet replied "Take me back to the quarries."​
  
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