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But in daily life what is he? From being a trierarch he suddenly came forward as a hired writer of speeches,1 when he had disreputably squandered his patrimony. But when he had lost his reputation even in this profession, for he disclosed his clients' arguments to their opponents, he vaulted on to the political platform. And though he made enormous profits out of politics, he laid up next to nothing. It is true that just now the Persian's gold has floated his extravagance, but even that will not suffice, for no wealth ever yet kept up with a debauched character. And to sum it all up, he supplies his wants, not from his private income, but from your perils.
1 For To be a trierarch implied that a man was in comfortable circumstances. “He sank as a trierarch to rise as a pettifogger.” （Simcox.）
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