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As a matter of fact, I want to remind you briefly, gentlemen, of a certain incident connected with Callias. As you may remember, when Athens was mistress of Greece and at the height of her prosperity, and Hipponicus was the richest man in Greece, a rumour with which you are all familiar was on the lips of little children and silly women throughout the city: “Hipponicus,” they said, “has an evil spirit in his house, and it upsets his books.”1 You remember it, gentlemen.

1 Lit. “his table,” with a play on τράπεζα meaning a “bank.” The pun cannot be rendered exactly in English.

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