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But when now the Thessalians had voted to march against our city, and the young Alexander was at first bitterly angry—naturally1—and when the army was near Thebes, Demosthenes, who had been elected ambassador by you, turned back when halfway across Cithaeron and came running home—useless in peace and war alike! And worst of all: while you did not surrender him2 nor allow him to be brought to trial in the synod of the Greeks, he has betrayed you now, if current report is true.

1 Philip's death was immediately followed by revolutionary movements centering in Thebes and Athens. The reference here is to Alexander's sudden descent upon Thebes, with the Thessalians as his supporters.

2 After the destruction of Thebes and the suppression of the revolt elsewhere, Alexander demanded the surrender of Demosthenes and other anti-Macedonian Athenian statesmen.

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