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If you had believed him, or Aristophanes had helped him out in his his against me, I should have been destroyed under shameful accusations. Will you therefore harbour longer in your midst guilt that is so fraught with doom to itself—God grant it be not to the city!—and will you, who purify your assembly,1 offer the prayers that are contained in your decrees on motion of this man, as you send your troops out by land or sea? You know the words of Hesiod:

““Ofttimes whole peoples suffer from one man
Whose deeds are sinful and whose purpose base.”

Hes. WD 240

1 The Athenian assembly was regularly opened with a sacrifice of purification and prayer.

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