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[29] And those in reference to whom there is a chance of obtaining merciful consideration.1 And those against whom we have a complaint, or with whom we have had a previous difference, as Callippus acted in the matter of
Dion2; for in such cases it seems almost an act of justice.

1 In our relations with whom, almost = from whom. Another interpretation is: “In reference to whom there is a chance . . . consideration from others, meaning the judges” (Welldon).

2 Callipus was a friend of Dion, who freed Syracuse from Dionysius the Younger. He afterwards accused Dion and contrived his murder. His excuse was that Dion knew what he intended to do, and would be likely to strike first, if he did not anticipate him.

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