You hear the
copy of the inscription, men of Athens
, ordering them to be immune, save from religious duties.
Now read the beginning of the law of Leptines.“
Good; stop there. After the words "to the
end that the wealthiest citizens may perform the public services," he added "no
one shall be immune save and except, the descendants of Harmodius and
Aristogiton." Why so, if to pay for a religious rite is to perform a public
service? For if that is his meaning, his own drafting will be found to
contradict the inscription.