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[6] One of these, as they say, was Ephialtes, who broke down the power of the Council of the Areiopagus, and so poured out for the citizens, to use the words of Plato,1 too much ‘undiluted freedom,’ by which the people was rendered unruly, just like a horse, and, as the comic poets say, ‘no longer had the patience to obey the rein, but nabbed Euboea and trampled on the islands.’

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