Observe that I do not blame
Aeschines for any of the misadventures of the war, for which the generals are
duly called to account. Nor do I blame him because the city made the peace: so
far I acquit him. What then is the basis of my speech and of my indictment?
That, when the city was making the peace, he supported Philocrates, and did not
support speakers whose proposals were patriotic; that he took bribes; that
thereafter, on the later embassy, he deliberately squandered his opportunities;
that he deceived the city, and confounded its policy, by suggesting the hope
that Philip would satisfy all our desires; and that subsequently, when others
warned you to beware of the perpetrator of so many iniquities, he addressed you
as his advocate.