with this, you have shown your contempt for right and your hostility to me by
actually sending an embassy to urge the king of Persia to declare war on me. This is the most amazing exploit
of all; for, before the king reduced Egypt and Phoenicia,1 you passed a decree calling on me to
make common cause with the rest of the Greeks against him, in case he attempted
to interfere with us;
1 These two provinces,
together with Cyprus, revolted in
346 and were recovered by Artaxerxes Ochus. Greek mercenaries formed the
backbone of the armies on both sides. See Grote, chap. 90. Nothing is known
of any such Athenian decree.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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