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[325b] political affairs. Many deplorable events, however, were still happening in those times, troublous as they were, and it was not surprising that in some instances, during these revolutions, men were avenging themselves on their foes too fiercely; yet, notwithstanding, the exiles who then returned1 exercised no little moderation. But, as ill-luck would have it, certain men of authority2 summoned our comrade Socrates before the law-courts, laying a charge against him which was most unholy, and which Socrates of all men least deserved;

1 i.e. the democrats under Thrasybulus and Thrasyllus.

2 Meletus and Anytus, the accusers of Socrates; see the Apology.

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