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1. ὅτ᾽ ἦν ἀσθενῆ, i.e. in the state described in II. 14—21.

2. τὰ Φιλ. πράγματα, i.e. his condition.

3. προλεγόντων...τὰ βέλτιστα, as Demosthenes in the Olynthiacs and the First Philippic.

5. τοὺς ὑπάρχοντας πολίτας, their own fellow-citizens, those with whom each had to deal. Daochus and Thrasydaus were the Thessalian ambassadors sent by Philip to Thebes in 339 B.C. (see note on § 211.6). Perillus, Timolaus, and Aristratus are mentioned in § 48. Hipparchus and Clitarchus were set up as tyrants in Eretria by Philip about 343 B.C.: see §§ 71, 80, and 81. Most of the men in the list remain in deserved obscurity.

With this whole passage compare §§ 45—49, and Polyb. XVII. 14. Polybius censures Demosthenes for calling some of these men traitors, maintaining that they did what they believed to be for the best interest of their own states. Demosthenes, looking back on his long struggle with Philip, felt that their selfish regard for the temporary interests of special cities, which always proved fatal to Hellenic unity, and their utter disregard of the good of Greece as a whole, really amounted to treachery.

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