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You hear the law, Athenians, and you understand that it enables the deserving to retain their rewards, and those who are judged otherwise to be deprived of any privilege they have unjustly secured; for the future everything is left in your hands, as is right, to grant or to withhold. Now I do not think that Leptines will deny that this law is sound and just, or, if he does, that he will be able to prove it. But perhaps he will try to lead you astray by repeating what he said before the junior archons.1 For he alleged that the publication of this amended law was a mere trick, and that should his own law be repealed, this one would never be passed.

1 At the ἀνάκρισις or preliminary trial.

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