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[325a] that he might be put to death—their object being that Socrates, whether he wished or no, might be made to share in their political actions; he, however, refused to obey and risked the uttermost penalties rather than be a partaker in their unholy deeds.1 So when I beheld all these actions and others of a similar grave kind,2 I was indignant, and I withdrew myself from the evil practices then going on. But in no long time the power of the Thirty was overthrown together with the whole of the government which then existed. Then once again I was really, though less urgently, impelled with a desire to take part in public and

1 For this episode see Plat. Apol. 32c.

2 Possibly an illusion to the execution of Theramenes by Critias.

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