He—O Zeus and the
gods—esteemed Phormio to be so much more valuable than you both to
yourself and to him and to your business, that, although you were a man grown,
it was to Phormio, not to you, that he left the control of the leases, and gave
him his wife in marriage and honored him as long as he lived. And justly too,
men of Athens. For other bankers, who had no rent to pay, but carried on their
business on their own account, have all come to ruin; while Phormio, who paid a
rent of two talents and forty minae, saved the bank for you.