Besides, what need had this Athenian to stay five years in Megara
as a merchant? What need had he to send for the sacred images of his family or to sell his house in Athens
? The answer is that he had condemned himself as a traitor to his country, as a criminal who had greatly wronged us all. It would be incongruous indeed if you, with the decision in your power, were to dismiss this charge on which he was himself expecting punishment. But quite apart from these objections, we need not, I think, admit this line of defence.