It is generally supposed that Strombichos was serving in the Macedonian garrison on the Mouseion hill in Athens, when he earned the gratitude of the Athenians by co-operating with them. Pausanias records that Olympiodoros led "the old men and the youths" of the Athenians to take possession of the hill ( 1.26'1 ). This probably happened at the same time as the "liberation" of Athens in 288/7 B.C., but some writers suggest that it occurred a few years later, perhaps in 283/2 B.C.; see J. Gabbert, "Antigonus II Gonatas: A Political Biography", pp.74-5, n.16 ( Google Books ).
When [Nikias] of Otryne was archon, in the sixth prytany of the . . . tribe, with Isokrates [of Alopeke], son of Isokrates, acting as secretary of the prytany, on the 11th day of Poseideon, which was the 12th day of the prytany, in full assembly; Mnesistratos of Kydathenaion, the son of Sosippos, and the other presidents put the motion to the vote on behalf of the presidents; it was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Phytios of Thorikos, the son of Pamphilos: since Strombichos previously served in the army of Demetrios, and remained behind in the city with Spintharos; and when the citizens took up arms to regain their freedom, and urged the soldier to fight on behalf of the city, he answered the call of the people for freedom, and took up arms along with the citizens, thinking that he ought not to work against the interests of the city, but should join in ensuring its safety; and he besieged the Mouseion along with the people; and after the fighting in the city had been completed, he continued unstintingly to provide assistance in other ways, and retained his goodwill towards the people; and when the war began, he acted nobly towards the people and contended on their behalf; the general has given a report of his deeds . . .
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