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[35] With regard to my father's services here in Athens as choregus and gymnasiarch and trierarch1 I am ashamed to speak; for so greatly did he excel in all the other public duties that, although those who have served the state in less splendid fashion sing their own praises therefor, if anyone should on my father's behalf ask for a vote of thanks even in recognition of services as great as his, he would seem to be talking about petty things.

1 These public services (referred to in Isoc. 16.32) were the liturgies , discharged by the wealthier citizens, e.g., the choregia (expenses of the public choruses); the gymnasiarchia (defraying of expenses of training athletes for the contests); and the trierarchia (the cost of equipping a war-ship and keeping it in service for a year).

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