Plato to Dionysius wishes well-doing.1

After I had spent so long a time with you and was trusted above all others in my administration of your government, while you were enjoying the benefits I was enduring the slanders, grievous as they were. For I knew that men would not believe that any of your more brutal acts were done with my consent, seeing that I have for my witnesses

1 The Greek phraseεὖ πράττεινis purposely ambiguous, meaning either “act well” or “fare well” (i.e. “prosper”); cf. Plat. Gorg. 495e, Plat. Rep. 353e. It is the form of address regularly used in these Epistles, cf. Plat. L. 3 ad init.

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