Philip begins by saying that he offers you Halonnesus as his own property, but
that you have no right to demand it of him, because it was not yours when he
took it, and is not yours now that he holds it. Moreover, when we ambassadors
visited him, he used similar language, to the effect that he had captured the
island from pirates and that therefore it belonged absolutely to him.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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