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But so inimical to all the world is this race of sycophants that when men pay a ransom1 of a hundred and thirty minae2 for women who bid fair to help them make away with the rest of their property besides, so far from reproaching them, they actually rejoice in their extravagance; but when men spend any amount, however small, upon their education, they complain that they are being corrupted. Could any charge be more unjust than this against our students?

1 The ransom of slaves captured in war. Isocrates is probably thinking of some notorious case.

2 The mina = 100 drachmas. A drachma was the standard wage of a day-laborer.

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