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The peace failed to please some of our public men. Then ought they not to have opposed it at the time, instead of putting me on trial now? Certain men who were getting rich out of the war from your war-taxes and the revenues of the state, have now been stopped; for peace does not feed laziness. Shall those, then, who are not wronged, but are themselves wronging the city, punish the man who was sponsor for the peace,11 and will you, who are benefited by it, leave in the lurch men who have proved themselves useful to the commonwealth?

1 Philocrates, the prime mover in the peace had already gone into banishment, afraid to stand trial.

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