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[66] Yes, and who of my own generation does not remember that the democracy so adorned the city with temples and public buildings that even today visitors from other lands consider that she is worthy to rule not only over Hellas but over all the world;1 while the Thirty neglected the public buildings, plundered the temples, and sold for destruction for the sum of three talents the dockyards2 upon which the city had spent not less than a thousand talents?

1 In almost the same terms he praises Pericles for his adornment of Athens, Isoc. 15.234.

2 The bitterest denunciation of the misrule of the Thirty is in the oration Against Eratosthenes, by Lysias (Lys. 12). At its close, he speaks of the sacrilege of the Thirty, particularly in selling off the treasures stored in the temples, and of their tearing down the dockyards of the Piraeus.

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