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[74] On the other hand when was their achievement despicable and unworthy of their spirit? When Timolaus,1 the friend of Demosthenes, was corrupted and took bribes from Philip, when the traitor Proxenus commanded the mercenaries enlisted at Amphissa and Theagenes was placed in command of the phalanx, a man of ill luck and, like the defendant here, open to bribes. Then, because of the three men whom I have mentioned, the whole city was destroyed and blotted from the face of Greece. Far from being false it is only too true that leaders are responsible for all the citizens' good fortunes and for the reverse.

1 The three men mentioned in this sentence were Theban generals at the battle of Chaeronea.

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