Not one. When there was
still such a city as Olynthus
were there any thieves there? I take it there were. Did Olynthus
perish through their sins? No.
Do you suppose there were no thieves and pilferers of public funds in Megara
? There must have been such. Has any
one of them been shown to be responsible for the present political troubles
there? Not one. Then who are the people who commit these monstrous crimes?
Persons who fancy themselves important enough to be called friends of Philip,
men itching for military commands and eager for political distinction, men who
claim superiority over the common herd. At Megara
the other day was not Perillus tried before the Three
Hundred on a charge of visiting Philip? And did not Ptoeodorus, the first man in
for wealth, birth, and
reputation, come forward and beg him off, and then send him back to Philip? The
sequel was that one of the pair returned with an alien army at his back, while
the other was hatching the plot at home. Take that as a specimen.