Such an investment would have the additional advantage of a secure return, unlike the more risky maritime loans.
27.9-11) allows us to make a few inferences, most notably that much of Demosthenes' wealth was likely to have come from interest on loans, including profitable maritime loans. His workshops--the couch slaves and sword-makers--would be a further source of wealth.
And the lack of conclusive evidence that banks made maritime loans might seem to suggest that they had a restricted role in financing maritime trade.
Whether or not banks made maritime loans as such, they clearly could play an important role in enabling these loans to be made and in supporting maritime trade.
Diodotus' estate included a number of very large loans: 46,000 dr in maritime loans, 10,000 dr in landside loans, together with a large deposit of 30,000 dr with Diogeiton.
Apart from 3,000 dr of bank deposits Demosthenes has 7,000 dr in maritime loans, 6,000 dr in loans at 12 per cent, loans of 6,000 dr in small sums and 1,600 dr which may also have been loaned at interest.
Other property, whatever it may be, can best be shown to exist by reference to those who actually possess it, whether as bankers (like Pasion) or as managers of maritime loans (like Xuthos).
While Millett is right to draw attention to what he calls the `professional' maritime lenders, namely the traders and retired traders who can be seen to have made maritime loans, this evidence does not exclude the possibility that bankers may have made associations with such `professional' individuals with whom they must readily have come into contact.