61.'We should never have asked to speak, if the Plataeans had briefly answered the
question which1 was put to them2, and had not turned upon us and
arraigned us while they made a long and irrelevant defence of their own doings, excusing
themselves from charges which nobody brought against them, and praising what nobody
blamed.We must answer their accusations of us, and look a little closely into their
glorification of themselves, that neither our baseness nor their superior
reputation may benefit them, and that, before you judge, you may hear the truth both
about us and them.
Our quarrel with them arose thus:—Some time after our first occupation of
Boeotia3 we settled
Plataea and other places, out of which we drove a mixed multitude.But the Plataeans refused to acknowledge our leadership according to the original
agreement, and, separating themselves from the other Boeotians, deserted the traditions
of their ancestors.When force was applied to them they went over to the Athenians, and, assisted by them,
did us a great deal of mischief; and we retaliated.
We should not have spoken if the Plataeans had not. But you must hear our case
as well as theirs. They separated themselves from their own nation and went over
to the Athenians.
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