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In the first place, when Nicias, my herald, was kidnapped1 from my territory, you not only failed to bring the law-breakers to justice, but you kept the victim a prisoner for ten months, and the letters from me, of which he was the bearer, you read before your Assembly. Next, when the Thasians opened their harbor to the Byzantine war-galleys and to any pirates that chose to touch there, you ignored the incident, in spite of the clauses expressly denouncing such acts as hostile.

1 Nothing is known of this incident. The letters were obviously not intended for Athenian ears.

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