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[80] Listen to that, gentlemen of the jury. The decree says that the chosen embassies shall set out. When, after the battle of Chaeronea, he heard that Philip intended to invade our country he appointed himself an envoy, so as to escape from the city, and went off,1 after scraping together eight talents from the treasury, without a thought about the plight we were in, at a time when everyone else was contributing from his own money to ensure your protection.

1 Dinarchus is perhaps referring to the fact that after Chaeronea Demosthenes was appointed a commissioner for corn (σιτώνης) and went abroad to procure it (cf. Dem. 18.248). Alternatively when appeals for help were made by Athens to some of the islands (cf. Lyc. 1.42) Demosthenes may have served as an envoy.

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