If then Aeschines had confined his charges to the matters alleged in
the prosecution, I should have immediately addressed my defence to the
resolution of the Council; but as he has wastefully devoted the greater part of
his speech to irrelevant topics, mostly false accusations, I conceive it to be
both fair and necessary, men of Athens
, to say a few words first on those matters, lest any of
you, misled by extraneous arguments, should listen with estrangement to my
justification in respect of the indictment.