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[32] It is true, of course, that all sorts of changes in government are attended by loss of life, but you, thanks to your changing sides so easily, share the responsibility, not merely for the slaughter of a large number of oligarchs by the commons, but also for the slaughter of a large number of democrats by the aristocracy. And this Theramenes, you remember, was the man who, although detailed by the generals to pick up the Athenians whose ships were disabled in the battle off Lesbos,1 failed to do so, and nevertheless was the very one who accused the generals and brought about their death in order that he might save his own life!

1 See I. vi. 35, vii. 4 ff.

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