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With his great advantage over us in the matter of the speeches, and with the far greater one which his methods have given him in addition,1 it is outrageous that the accused should entreat you to listen kindly to his defence. I myself, on the other hand, far from causing any harm, have been the victim of cruel affliction, and am today being treated still more cruelly. It is as one who seeks more than a pretended refuge in your sympathy that I make my own request of you. You who take vengeance for unrighteous deeds and determine wherein is righteousness, do not, I beg of you, let worthless subtleties of speech induce you to disregard plain facts and treat the truth as false;

1 Referring apparently to the artifices employed by the defence for working upon the feelings of the court (cf. Antiph. 3.2.1 ff.).

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