He, astonished, asked the man what possible wrong Aristides had done him.
‘None whatever,’ was the answer,
‘I don't even know the fellow, but I am tired of hearing him everywhere called 'The Just.'’ On hearing this, Aristides made no answer, but wrote his name on the ostrakon and handed it back. Finally, as he was departing the city, he lifted up his hands to heaven and prayed—a prayer the opposite, as it seems, of that which Achilles made1
—that no crisis might overtake the Athenians which should compel the people to remember Aristides.