4. Against the Sons of Hippokrates
4. Against the Sons of Hippokrates.
—A guardian is here defending himself against a charge of malversation in his trust which had been brought against him by his wards. Dionysios1
places an extract from the opening of this speech beside a defence written by Isaeos for a guardian; and remarks upon the difference between the styles in which they respectively resent the imputation. The client of Isaeos uses elaborate phrases; the client of Lysias speaks like a plain man, expressing a natural sense of hardship
at the recompense which his wards are giving him.