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[5] And it was thought that before this, too, Elpinice had rendered Pericles more lenient towards Cimon, when he stood his trial on the capital charge of treason.1 Pericles was at that time one of the committee of prosecution appointed by the people, and on Elpinice's coming to him and supplicating him, said to her with a smile: ‘Elpinice, thou art an old woman, thou art an old woman, to attempt such tasks.’ However, he made only one speech, by way of formally executing his commission, and in the end did the least harm to Cimon of all his accusers.

1 463. B.C. Cf. Plut. Cim. 14.2-4.

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