THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE: MEANS OF CONTROL AND BENEFITS
THE MEANS OF CONTROL The basis of Athens’ imperial power was the fleet. The allies were for the most part either island-cities or coastal towns, and for that reason the Athenians had the ultimate weapon in exercising imperial control. After the battle of Eurymedon in c. 469 most of the shipsuppliers gradually converted to phoros-paying status to avoid military service, the expense and the strictness of Athenian leadership on campaign, resulting in the growth of the Athenian fleet:
Consequently, the Athenian fleet grew strong with the money which the allies themselves contributed, while whenever the allies revolted they were ill-prepared and inexperienced for the war.