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[309b] all those who take a part in your government, many of whom I have helped in their times of trial and saved them from no small damage. But after I had oftentimes kept guard over your City as sole Dictator, I was dismissed with more ignominy than a beggar would deserve who had stayed with you for so long a time, were you to pack him off and order him to sail away.

For the future, therefore, I for my part will consult my own interests in less philanthropic fashion, while you, “gross tyrant that you are, will dwell alone.”1 And as for the splendid sum of gold

1 Apparently a “tag” from some tragedy. Note that “you” in this second paragraph refers to Dionysius alone, whereas in the first paragraph “you,” in the plural, includes Dionysius's associates.

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