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[5] The wits, however, by way of raillery, declared that the orator had been seized overnight, not with an ordinary quinsy, but with a silver quinsy. And afterwards, when the whole people learned that he had been bribed, and would not permit him, when he wished it, to have a hearing and make his defence, but were angry and raised a tumult against him, someone rose and said jokingly: ‘Men of Athens, will you not listen to the man who holds the cup?’ 1

1 At feasts the cup passed from guest to guest, and the one who held it had the right of uninterrupted speech or song.

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