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[46] and while still a boy I was banished from the city by the Thirty. And when the men of the Piraeus1 were restored, and all the rest recovered their possessions, I alone by the influence of my personal enemies was deprived of the of the land which the people gave us as compensation for the confiscated property.2 And after having already suffered so many misfortunes and having twice lost my property,3 I am now the defendant in an action involving five talents.4 And although the complaint involves money, the real issue is my right to continue to enjoy citizenship.

1 The democratic party, led by Thrasybulus, in 403 B.C. had taken Piraeus and made it their headquarters.

2 After Alcibiades' condemnation as participant in the violation of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Large portions of the list of these confiscated goods are preserved in inscriptions.

3 414 B.C. and 404 B.C.

4 The talent was not a coin, but a sum of money roughly equivalent (although it would purchase much more) to $1000 (over 200).

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