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Philocrates made a motion1 that we permit Philip to send to us a herald and ambassadors to treat concerning peace. This motion was attacked in the courts as illegal. The time of the trial came. Lycinus, who had indicted him, spoke for the prosecution; Philocrates made answer for himself, and Demosthenes spoke in his behalf;2 Philocrates was cleared. After this came the archonship of Themistocles.3 Now Demosthenes came in as senator, not drawn by the lot either as a member of the senate or as a substitute, but through intrigue and bribery; the purpose of it was to enable him to support Philocrates in every way, by word and deed, as the event itself made evident.

1 In 348 b.c.

2 In Aeschin. 2.14, Aeschines says that Philocrates was ill, and called in Demosthenes as his advocate (συνήγορος). Probably Philocrates made only a brief and formal answer in court, and left the real defence to Demosthenes.

3 Beginning in midsummer, 347 b.c.

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