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Many of you are wondering, I suppose, what in the world my purpose is1 in coming forward to address you on The Public Safety, as if Athens were in danger or her affairs on an uncertain footing, when in fact she possesses more than two hundred ships-of-war, enjoys peace throughout her territory, maintains her empire on the sea,2

1 Strictly, what my purpose was. The aorist tense reflects the fact that the Athenian orators had to give written notice, in advance, of any subject they proposed to discuss before the General Assembly. See Isoc. 7.15.

2 The second Athenian Confederacy, organized in 378 B.C. See General Introduction p. xxxvii.

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