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29. He, strove then and there to clear himself of the charges, and also offered to be tried1 before he sailed (for all was now ready), in order that, if he were guilty, he might be punished, and if acquitted, might retain his command. He adjured his countrymen to listen to no calumnies which might be propagated against him in his absence; [2] and he protested that they would be wiser in not sending a man who had so serious an imputation hanging over him on a command so important. But his enemies feared that if the trial took place at once he would have the support of the army; [3] and that the people would be lenient,2 and would not forget that3 he had induced the Argives and some Mantineans to join in the expedition. They therefore exerted themselves to postpone the trial. To this end they suborned fresh speakers, who proposed that he should sail now and not delay the expedition, but should return and stand his trial within a certain number of days. Their intention was that he should be recalled and tried when they had stirred up a stronger feeling against him, which they could better do in his absence. So it was decided that Alcibiades should sail.

1 He begs to be tried before he sails; but his enemies think that they will have more chance of obtaining a condemnation if the trial is deferred.

2 Or supplying αὐτόν with θεραπεύων: 'being well disposed to him because' etc.

3 Or supplying αὐτόν with θεραπεύων: 'being well disposed to him because' etc.

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