for charging only 5 dr per medimnos at a time when the market price had reached 16 dr.(83) Similarly, honorific decrees thank other donors of low-price grain when the market price was high.(84) Even if the normal price for corn was only 5 dr per medimnos the 400,000 medimnoi sent by Leucon of the Bosporos (n.
42.20 Phaenippos, whose estate could have been bearing liturgies, sold barley at 18 dr a medimnos.
Crisis apparently also precipitated conventional prices for foodstuffs: when Athens was besieged by Sulla in 86 B.C., a medimnos
of wheat would cost 1,000 drachmae (or HS 4,000) according to Plutarch's source (Still.
12.2) he says that the monthly contribution to the mess included only one medimnos
of barley-meal, i.e.
Clearly, much of this trade was on a small scale, and indeed, was required to be by law, since a woman was not competent to enter into contracts above the value of one medimnos