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[45] And this letter was actually commended by some Athenians, who merit your hatred much more than Philip. For whatever Philip does to thwart you, he is only aiming at advantage and glory for himself, but Athenians who make a parade of their goodwill to Philip, rather than to their own country, are wretches who deserve to perish at your hands unpitied, if you carry your brains in your heads and not trodden down in your heels.1

1 Libanius finds in this ugly metaphor an indication of the spuriousness of this speech. “Longinus” also condemns it (Long. De Subl. 38), but we cannot say to whom he attributed it, as his text here is mutilated.

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