Thus, almost automatically, the delian league converted itself into an Athenian empire.
As a member of the second delian league it was again controlled by a garrison and an archon.
Athens had accomplished the work of the delian league, and is not the labourer worthy of his hire?
It was almost certainly due to Cleon that the tribute of the “allies” was doubled in 425 (see delian league).
By the middle of the century the delian league has become the Athenian empire.