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[20] And not even in respect of the smallest fraction of our property did we find any mercy at their hands but our wealth impelled them to act as injuriously towards us as others might from anger aroused by grievous wrongs. This was not the treatment that we deserved at the city's hands, when we had produced all our dramas for the festivals,1 and contributed to many special levies;2 when we showed ourselves men of orderly life, and performed every duty laid upon us; when we had made not a single enemy, but had ransomed many Athenians from the foe. Such was their reward to us for behaving as resident aliens far otherwise than they did as citizens!

1 Referring to the expensive duty, imposed on wealthy citizens, of equipping a chorus for a dramatic performance.

2 Property-taxes were levied in times of war or other emergency.

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