In 324 the Areopagus, after inquiry, reported that nine men had taken bribes from Harpalus, the fugitive treasurer of Alexander.
In the Harpalus affair, Demosthenes was doubtless innocent, and so, probably, were others of the accused.
[i] p. 14), and Harpalus over the whole finances of the empire, with his seat in Babylon.
In the winter of 325-324 Harpalus, the receiver-general of Alexander in Asia, fled to Greece, taking with him 8000 mercenaries, and treasure equivalent to about a million and a quarter sterling.
For zeal which could be bought Harpalus had other persuasions.
But he reconciled the dignity with the loyalty of Athens by carrying a decree that Harpalus should be arrested, and that his treasure should be deposited in the Parthenon, to be held in trust for Alexander.
Harpalus escaped from prison.
The amount of the treasure, which Harpalus had stated as 700 talents, proved to be no more than 350.