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[2] We have put in a special plea in bar of action, not that we may evade the issue and waste time, but that, if the defendant1 shows that he has committed no wrong whatsoever, he may win in your court an acquittal which will be final. For all that in the minds of other people brings about a firm and lasting settlement without engaging in a trial before you—

1 The terms “plaintiff” and “defendant,” as used in the translation of this oration, apply to the suit brought against Phormio.

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