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[315] while these flaunt their brutality, their misanthropy, and their contentiousness before the eyes of all.

That was the way our ancestors felt about them. But you, so far from punishing the sycophants,1 actually set them up as accusers and legislators for the rest of the people. And yet there is reason for detesting them now more than at that time;

1 The term sycophant is applied here as elsewhere in Isocrates and the other orators to demagogic politicians.

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