The fault lies with the authors of such
decrees as this, who have trained you to think very little of yourselves, and a
great deal of one or two individuals. So they are the inheritors of your renown
and of your possessions; you get no benefit from that inheritance! You are the
witnesses of the prosperity of others, and participate in nothing but delusions.
Ah, how loud would be the lamentation of those great men who laid down their
lives for glory and for liberty, and left behind them the monuments of many
noble achievements, if they could see how today the progress of our city has
ended in the form and rank of a dependant, and that the question of the hour
is—whether Charidemus is entitled to personal protection! Charidemus!
Heaven help us!