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[2] To begin with, he said that even if the man did die as a result of the blows, he did not kill him: because it is the aggressor who is to blame for what happens: it is he whom the law condemns; and the aggressor was the dead man. First, let me tell you that young men are more likely to be the aggressors and make a drunken assault than old. The young are incited by their natural arrogance1 their full vigor, and the unaccustomed effects of wine to give free play to anger: whereas old men are sobered by their experience of drunken excesses, by the weakness of age, and by their fear of the strength of the young.

1 μεγαλοφροσύνη τοῦ γένους ought to mean “pride of birth”: but the speaker is not limiting his remarks to young aristocrats. γένος must be used in the sense of “class” or “type.”

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