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Accordingly, they devised that certain orators who were not looked upon as enemies of Alcibiades, but who really hated him no less than his avowed foes, should rise in the assembly and say that it was absurd, when a general had been appointed, with full powers, over such a vast force, and when his armament and allies were all assembled, to destroy his beckoning opportunity by casting lots for jurors and measuring out time for the case. ‘Nay,’ they said, ‘let him sail now, and Heaven be with him! But when the war is over, then let him come and make his defence. The laws will be the same then as now.’

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