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There was an upper room in our house occupied by Philoneos, a highly respected friend of our father's, during his visits to Athens. Now Philoneos had a mistress a whom he proposed to place in a brothel.Clearly as a slave, as Philoneos has complete control over her, and she was later tortured and summarily executed. My brother's mother made friends with her;
You reply that if I had been allowed my freedom, I should have made off without awaiting my trial—as though you had forced me to enter this country against my will. Yet if I attached no importance to being debarred from Athens for the future, it was equally open to me either to disregard the summons to appear in court and so lose the case by default, or to avail myself of the right given to every one of leaving the country after making the first speech for the defense.i.e., the prosecution just
dant be prevented from slipping through their fingers. The defendant objects to this on two grounds: （a） The prosecution have no reason to assume that they would not have faced a di/kh fo/nou if left at liberty. In fact, he cut himself off from Athens by so defaulting, and that was a strong deterrent. （b） In any case, it was recognized that the defendant in a di/kh fo/nou had the right of withdrawing into exile either before or during the trial. The speaker is of course careful not to rem
Before the revolt of MytileneMytilene had revolted from Athens some ten years previously, in 428. my father gave visible proof of his devotion to your interests. When, however, the city as a whole was so ill-advised as to commit the blunder of revolting,Although the th=s u(mete/ras gnw/mhs of the Mss., if retained and taken with h(/marte, would give the sense “failed in what you expected of them,” an expression for which there are parallels, sunecamartei=n REQUIRES h(/marte alone to balance it, and the repetition of gnw/mh lines later is harsh in the extreme. he was forced to join the city as a whole in that blunder. Not but what even then his feelings towards you remained unchanged: although he could no longer display his devotion in the old way. It was not easy for him to leave the city, as the ties which bound him, his children, and his property, were strong ones; nor yet could he set it at defiance as long as he remained the
If Aenus is his favorite place of resort, that fact does not mean that he is evading any of his obligations towards Athens,Or possibly Mytilene. or that he has become the citizen of another city, like those others, some of whom I see crossing to the mainland and settling among your enemies, while the rest actually litigate with yo
the settlement of private disputes, generally commercial in character, between the citizens of different states. Fragments of two such treaties have survived : Athens-Phaseils （I.G.i2 16 ff.） and Athens-Mytilene （I.G. i2 60 ff.）; and in the first of these there is a reference to a third, Athens-Chios. It is quite certain, how oyal citizen of Mytilene under Athenian rule, and other Mytileneans who, since the revolt of Lesbos ten years previously, have either （a） shown their hostility to Athens passively by settling on the Asiatic coast in towns under Persian control or （b） shown it actively by remaining in Lesbos and initiating an unending seri
Rest assured that I should never have come to Athens, had such a crime been on my conscience. I am here, as it is, because I have faith in justice, the most precious ally of the man who has no deed of sin upon his conscience and who has committed no transgression against the gods. Often at such an hour as this, when the body has given up the struggle, its salvation is the spirit, which is ready to fight on in the conscience that it is innocent. On the other hand, he whose conscience is guilty has no worse enemy than that conscience; for his spirit fails him which his body is still unwearied, because it feels that what is approaching him is the punishment of his iniquities. But it is with no such guilty conscience that I come before you.
And the prosecution were in Athens: they witnessed it: by registering their charge they could have debarred me from it all. In spite of that, they did not see fit to do so. Yet if their wrong was real, their duty to alike enough to keep the memory of it fresh and to make it their constant thought. Then why did they fail to register a charge? Their reason was the same as their reason for not refusing to associate and converse with me. They associated with me because they did not think me a murderer and they refused to register a charge for exactly the same reason: they did not think that I had either killed the boy, been concerned in his death, or had any part in the affair at all.