then, be people more shameless than these, or more plainly malicious
pettifoggers—men who, after advancing their own wall and raising the
level of the road, are suing others for damages, and that too for a fixed sum of
a thousand drachmae, when they have themselves lost fifty at most? And yet
consider, men of the jury, how many people in the farm-lands have suffered from
floods in Eleusis1
and in other places. But, good heavens, I take it each one
of these is not going to claim the right to recover damages from his neighbors.