ace. For like is well disposed to like. Accordingly the Athenians prefer those sympathetic to themselves.
Whenever they have undertaken to prefer the upper class, it has not turned out well for them; within a short time the people in Boeotia were enslavedThis presumably happened sometime in the period 456-446: cf. HSCP 71 (1966), 35-6.; similarly when they preferred the Milesian upper class, within a short time that class had revolted and cut down the peoplePerhaps soon after 446: cf. JHS 82 (1962), 1 ff. Formerly dated to the late fifties.; similarly when they preferred the Spartans to the Messenians, within a short time the Spartans had overthrown the Messenians and were making war on the Athenians.An allusion to Athenian aid to Sparta in the sixties on the occasion of the Messenian Revolt.
Someone might interject that no one has been unjustly disfranchised at Athens. I say that there are some who have been unjustly disfranchised but very few indeed. To attack the democracy at Athens