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But ask them why Demosthenes is to be honored. Because he is a taker of bribes? Because he is a coward? Because he deserted his post? And will you in reality be honoring him, or leaving unavenged yourselves and those who died for you in the battle? In imagination see them expostulating against the crowning of this man. When sticks and stones and iron, voiceless and senseless things, fall on any one and kill him, we cast them beyond the borders,1 and when a man kills himself, the hand that did the deed is buried apart from the body;
1 This strange custom perpetuated the old feeling of the ceremonial impurity that rested on any man or thing that had shed human blood.
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