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Wrong acts are greater in proportion to the injustice from which they spring. For this reason the most trifling are sometimes the greatest, as in the charge brought by Callistratus1 against Melanopus that he had fraudulently kept back three consecrated half-obols from the temple-builders2; whereas, in the case of just actions, it is quite the contrary. The reason is that the greater potentially inheres in the less; for he who has stolen three consecrated half-obols will commit any wrong whatever. Wrong acts are judged greater sometimes in this way, sometimes by the extent of the injury done.

1 1.7.13. Callistratus and Melanopus were rival orators. Nothing is known of this particular charge.

2 The magistrates who superintended the building and repairing operations.

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