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[6] On the other hand, he has himself been indicted on charges still more numerous and still more grave, and not once has he been acquitted, with the result that he has lost a good deal of his property. Further, he had recently been indicted by the dead man for embezzling sacred monies,1 the sum to be recovered being assessed at two talents; he knew himself to be guilty, experience had taught him how powerful his opponent was, and he bore him a grudge for the past; so he naturally plotted his death: he naturally sought protection against his enemy by murdering him.

1 ἱερῶν κλοπή (embezzelment of sacred monies of which the person concerned was in charge) is to be distinguished from ἱεροσυλία(temple-robbery), for which see Antiph. 5.10. The penalty for ἱερῶν κλοπή was the repayment of ten times the sum embezzled (Dem. 24.111-112).

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