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I saw, however, that if I were to attempt a eulogy of myself, I should not be able to cover all the points which I proposed to discuss, nor should I succeed in treating them without arousing the displeasure or even the envy of my hearers. But it occurred to me that if I were to adopt the fiction of a trial and of a suit brought against me—if I were to suppose that a sycophant1 had brought an indictment and was threatening me with trouble2 and that he was using the calumnies which had been urged against me in the suit about the exchange of property, while I, for my part, cast my speech in the form of a defense in court—in this way it would be possible to discuss to the best advantage all the points which I wanted to make.

1 For the sycophants see Isoc. 8.128, note.

2 “To make trouble ”— πράγματα παρέχειν—was the common phrase for the persecution of the sycophants. Cf. 15.

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