For though you
often employ insignificant men for public business, it does not follow that
those affairs are insignificant for which the rest of the world acknowledges our
competence. Assuredly not. Again, it was Philip, of course, who really destroyed
the Phocians; but these men co-operated. The question on which you are to fix
your minds is whether they purposely wasted and threw away any chances that came
to the embassy of saving the Phocians. I do not suggest that Aeschines destroyed
the Phocians all by himself. How could he?