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[4] for they know that, if they are convicted of lying, they will suffer nothing worse than their actual lot; while if they succeed in deceiving you they will be rid of their present troubles. Yet surely such men as these, whether accusers or witnesses, should win no credit, when they have a great profit to make for themselves by their statements concerning others; much rather should it be given to those who, to uphold the public weal,1 involve themselves in danger.

1 Perhaps Callias was employed by the stewards of the sacred treasure of the Parthenon, and was accused of embezzling some of it.

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