For if their quarrel had been in the cause of those who had suffered wrong, at what moment could a ruler have more gloriously displayed his own loyalty than on the seizure of Phyle by Thrasybulus?1 But, instead of offering or bringing some aid to the men at Phyle, he went with his partners in power to Salamis and Eleusis, and haled to prison three hundred of the citizens, and by a single resolution2 condemned them all to death.
1 In the autumn of 404 B.C. Phyle commanded the road from Thebes to Athens, about twelve miles from the latter.
2 An illegality like that of the condemnation of the generals after Arginusae. The law required that each accused person should be voted on separately.
Lysias. Lysias with an English translation by W.R.M. Lamb, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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