But, overborne by the impostures and
falsehoods of these men, you have flung away the security of position and
circumstances which the city enjoyed. That security was fortified by arms and an
unbroken front, by strongholds of our allies and a broad territory; and you have
acquiesced in its devastation. Your former expedition to Thermopylae
, made at a cost of more
than two hundred talents, if you include the private expenses of the troops, has
gone to waste; and so have all your hopes respecting the Thebans.