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But he slipped away from this danger and sailed back to his own city in the time of the Four HundredJune to September, 411 B.C.: such a gift of forgetfulness had Heaven bestowed on him, that he desired to come amongst the very persons whom he had wronged. When he came, he was imprisoned and tormented, but not to death, and he was released.
This plot of ground belonged to Peisander; but when his property was confiscated, Apollodorus of Megara had it as a gift from the peoplePeisander was a leader in the revolution of the Four Hundred （411 B.C.） and his property was fortified on the counter-revolution of the Five Thousand in the same year; Apollodorus was rewarded for taking part in the assassination of Phrynichus, another of the Four Hundred. and cultivated it for some time, until, shortly before the Thirty,404 B.C. Anticles bought it from him and let it out. I bought it from Anticles when peace had been made.After the fall of the Thirty and on the intervention of Sparta, 403 B
For this is not the first occasion of his working in opposition to your people in the time of the Four Hundred411 B.C. also, seeking to establish an oligarchy in the army, he abandoned the war-ship which he was commanding and fled from the Hellespont with Iatrocles and others whose names I have no call to mention. On his arrival here he worked in opposition to those who were promoting a democracy. I will present you with witnesses to these facts.Witnesses
He will say, gentlemen, attempting to deceive you, that in the time of the Four Hundred411 B.C.; cf. Lys. 12.42. he killed Phrynichus,A prominent member of the Four Hundred; cf. Thuc. 8.92. and in reward for this, he asserts, the people made him an Athenian citizen. But he lies, gentlemen. For neither did he kill Phrynichus, nor did the people make him an Athenian citizen.
Now, in their previous prosecution, among other lying charges that they made against my father, they stated that PhrynichusAn active member of the oligarchy of Four Hundred （411 B.C.）; cf. Lys. 13.70, Against Agoratus. was a relation of his. Well, let anyone, if he pleases, bear witness, in the time allowed for my speech, that there was kinship with Phrynichus. But, of course, their accusation was a lie. Nor, indeed, was he a friend of his by upbringing; for Phrynichus was a poor man, and kept sheep in the fields, while my father was being educated in to
Lysias, Defence against a Charge of subverting the Democracy, section 25 (search)
You will do well to remember also the events that followed the rule of the Four HundredJune-September, 411 B.C.; for you will fully realize that the measures advised by these men have never brought you any advantage, while those that I recommend have always profited both parties in the State. You know that Epigenes, Demophanes and Cleisthenes, while reaping their personal gains from the city's misfortunes, have inflicted the heaviest losses on the public weal.