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[42] For Epicerdes, as this decree then passed in his honor declares, gave a hundred minae to our fellow-countrymen at that time prisoners in Sicily under such distressing circumstances,1 and thus he became the chief instrument in saving them from all perishing of hunger. Afterwards, when you had rewarded him with immunity, seeing that in the war2 just before the rule of the Thirty the people were straitened for want of funds, he gave them a talent as a freewill offering.

1 For the horrors endured by the 7000 Athenian captives, scorched by day and frozen by night in the deep stone-quarries of Syracuse, see Thuc. 7.87.

2 The third period of the Peloponnesian War, called the “Decelean” War (413-404) from the Spartan fortified post at Decelea in Attica.

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