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On the Murder of Herodes
 The reason was that it was to the prosecution's advantage, first, that I should be prevented from looking after my interests in person, and so be quite unable to prepare for my trial: and secondly, that I should undergo bodily suffering, and by reason of that bodily suffering find my friends readier to tell lies as witnesses for the prosecution than the truth as witnesses for the defence.1 In addition to which, lifelong disgrace has been brought upon me and mine.
1 Apparently on the assumption that the rats will leave a sinking ship.