Now I have
learned that Philippides and Mnesarchides and Diotimus of Euonymia and some
other rich trierarchs will plead with you for his acquittal, claiming it as a
favour due to themselves. I would not utter a word in disparagement of these
men; I should indeed be mad to do so: but I will tell you how you ought to
reflect and consider, when they make their request.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by A. T. Murray, Ph.D., LL.D. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1939.
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