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[317] thinking that by their bravado and contentiousness they would be able to preserve the rule of the people,1 while because of the meanness of their origin they would not become overweening nor ambitious2 to overturn the constitution.

And since this change has taken place, what calamity has not been visited upon the city? What great misfortunes have these depraved natures failed to bring to pass through their speech and through their actions?

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