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But you would, I think, men of Athens, form a better idea of the war and of the total force required, if you considered the geography of the country you are attacking, and if you reflected that the winds and the seasons enable Philip to gain most of his successes by forestalling us. He waits for the Etesian winds1 or for the winter, and attacks at a time when we could not possibly reach the seat of war.

1 Northerly winds which blew steadily down the Aegean in the autumn.

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