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Is this not a scandal? What! the clepsydra1 is to kill the white-haired veteran, who, in fierce fighting, has so oft covered himself with glorious sweat, whose valour at Marathon saved the country! 'Twas we who pursued on the field of Marathon, whereas now 'tis wretches who pursue us to the death and crush us! What would Marpsias reply to this?2

1 A water-clock used to limit the length of speeches in the courts.

2 A braggart speaker, fiery and pugnacious.

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