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Well, then, he set out to engage in public matters after the Phocian war1 had broken out, as he himself says,2 and as it is possible to gather from his Philippic harangues. For some of these were made after the Phocian war was already ended, and the earliest of them touch upon affairs which were closely connected with it. And it is clear that when he prepared himself to speak in the prosecution of Meidias3 he was thirty-two years old, but had as yet no power or reputation in the conduct of the city's affairs.

1 357-346 B.C.

2 On the Crown, § 18.

3 About 350 B.C. The speech ‘Aganinst Meidias’ (Or. xxi.) was never delivered. See § 154.

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