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[2] However, at the age of seven, Demosthenes was left by his father in affluence, since the total value of his estate fell little short of fifteen talents;1 but he was wronged by his guardians, who appropriated some of his property to their own uses and neglected the rest, so that even his teachers were deprived of their pay.

1 A talent was equivalent to about £235, or $1,200, with five or six times the purchasing power of modern money.

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