“Men of Athens, do you send us embassies on every occasion to explain
how Philip is plotting against us and all the other Greeks, and how we must be
on our guard against that man, and all that sort of
thing?”—（we are bound to admit it and plead guilty,
for that is just what we do）—“And yet, you most
futile of mortals, when that man has been out of sight1 for ten months, cut off
from all chance of returning home by disease, by winter, and by war,
1 As in Dem. 8.2, he alludes to
Philip's absence on his Thracian campaign.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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