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15. It is said, too, that the speech which Apollodorus used in order to secure the conviction of Timotheus the general in an action for debt was written for him by Demosthenes, and likewise the speeches which Apollodorus used against Phormio and Stephanus, in which cases Demosthenes properly won discredit. For Phormio contended against Apollodorus with a speech which Demosthenes had written for him,1 the orator thus simply selling to the disputants, as it were from one and the same cutlery-shop,2 the knives with which to wound each other. [2] Moreover, of his public orations, those against Androtion3 and Timocrates4 and Aristocrates5 were written for others to pronounce, before he had as yet entered public life; for it appears that these speeches were produced when he was twenty-seven or twenty-eight years of age. But he himself delivered the speech against Aristogeiton,6 as well as the one ‘On the Immunities,’ 7 at the instance, as he himself says, of Ctesippus the son of Chabrias, but as some say, because he was wooing the mother of this young man. [3] However, he did not marry this woman, but had a certain woman of Samos to wife, as Demetrius the Magnesian tells us in his work ‘On Persons of the Same Name.’ Whether the speech denouncing the treacherous embassage of Aeschines8 was delivered or not, is uncertain; and yet Idomeneus says that Aeschines got off by only thirty votes. But this would seem to be untrue, if we are to judge by the written speeches of both orators ‘On the Crown.’ 9 For neither of them speaks clearly and distinctly of that contention as one which came to trial. This question, however, will have to be decided by others.

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