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[78] And it is for this man, responsible as we find him for all these and other injuries and ignominies, late as well as early, great as well as small, that they1 are going to have the audacity to proclaim their friendship; for Theramenes, who has suffered death, not as your champion, but as the victim of his own baseness, and has been justly punished under the oligarchy—he had already caused its ruin—as he would justly have been under democracy. Twice over2 did he enslave you, despising what was present,3 and longing for what was absent,4 and, while giving them the fairest name,5 setting himself up as instructor in most monstrous acts.

1 i.e., people who speak in his favor.

2 First by supporting the Four Hundred, and then by joining the Thirty.

3 Democracy.

4 Oligarchy.

5 i.e., his pretext of “government by the best.”

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