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When this had been done, and the city was in an uproar, Megacles1 straightway fled, with the rest of the Alcmaeonidae. But Solon, although he was now a very old man, and had none to support him, went nevertheless into the market-place and reasoned with the citizens, partly blaming their folly and weakness, and partly encouraging them still and exhorting them not to abandon their liberty.

1 Grandson of the Megacles who brought the taint of pollution upon the family (Plut. Sol. 12.1-3). He had been allowed to return from banishment.

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