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[642b] and take up some other legal topic instead.

O Stranger of Athens, you are not, perhaps, aware that our family is, in fact, a “proxenus”1 of your State. It is probably true of all children that, when once they have been told that they are “proxeni” of a certain State, they conceive an affection for that State even from infancy, and each of them regards it as a second mother-land, next after his own country. That is precisely the feeling I now experience. For through hearing mere children crying out—

1 A “proxenus” was a native who acted as official representative of a foreign State.

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