Having been overwhelmed by false testimony, men of Athens, and having been outrageously and cruelly treated by Phormio, I have come to win in your court a verdict against those responsible for the wrong. I beg and beseech and implore you all, in the first place to give me a favorable hearing (for it is a great thing for those who have met with misfortune, as I have done, to be able to tell others of what they have suffered, and to find in you listeners who are kindly disposed)1; and in the second place, if I shall seem to you to be the victim of wrongdoing, to render me the aid which is my due.

1 See Aesch. PB 637-639 for an almost identical sentiment.

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