And this letter was actually commended by some
Athenians, who merit your hatred much more than Philip. For whatever Philip does
to thwart you, he is only aiming at advantage and glory for himself, but
Athenians who make a parade of their goodwill to Philip, rather than to their
own country, are wretches who deserve to perish at your hands unpitied, if you
carry your brains in your heads and not trodden down in your heels.1
1 Libanius finds in this ugly metaphor an
indication of the spuriousness of this speech.
“Longinus” also condemns it （Long. De Subl. 38）, but we cannot say to
whom he attributed it, as his text here is mutilated.
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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