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For Andocides is by no means unknown either to foreigners or to our own people, such has been the impiety of his conduct; since it needs must be that, if they are specially outstanding, either good or evil deeds make their doers well-known. And besides, during his absence abroad he has caused commotion in many cities, in Sicily, Italy, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, the Hellespont, Ionia and Cyprus: he has flattered many kings—everyone with whom he has had dealings, except Dionysius of Syracuse
He, first of all, was chiefly responsible for the former oligarchy,After the disaster in Sicily, 412 B.C. by having prompted your choice of the government of the Four Hundred. His father, who was one of the Commissioners,Ten persons specially appointed to revise the constitution. was active in the same direction, while he himself, being regarded as a strong supporter of the system, was appointed general by the party.
Now Agoratus, gentlemen, had three brothers. One of them, the eldest, was caught in Sicily making traitorous signals to the enemy, and by Lamachus's order he was executed on the plank. The second abducted a slave from our city to Corinth, and was taken in the act of abducting a girl from a household there: he was cast into prison and put to death.
You will perceive the truth of what I say from his actual conduct. First, when Conon wanted to send someone to Sicily,In 393 B.C., to undermine the friendship between Dionysius, despot of Syracuse, and the Spartans, who had helped him to attain his power in 406 B.C. he offered himself and went off with Eunomus, who was a friend and guest of Dionysius, and who had rendered a great many services to your people, as I have been told by those who were with him at the Peiraeus.
To be sure, if a man has been disfranchised for some misdemeanor in the past, and so has courted a change in the constitution, he may be led by his past offences to seek his personal interest; but this man had committed no such offence as might lead him to hate your people in his own interest or in that of his children. One of these was in Sicily, the others were in Boeotia; so it was no interest of theirs that he should court a change in the constitution.
He sent me away to Sicily, but I was notA gap occurs here in the text. to you; so the cavalry should know what kind of spirit I showed as long as the army was safe: but when it was destroyed and I escaped to Catana,On the east coast of Sicily. I used that town as a base for depredations by which I harried the enemy, so that from the spoil more than thirty minae were apportioned as the tithe for the goddessPresumably Athene. and enough to deliver all the soldiers who were in the hands of the ennt me away to Sicily, but I was notA gap occurs here in the text. to you; so the cavalry should know what kind of spirit I showed as long as the army was safe: but when it was destroyed and I escaped to Catana,On the east coast of Sicily. I used that town as a base for depredations by which I harried the enemy, so that from the spoil more than thirty minae were apportioned as the tithe for the goddessPresumably Athene. and enough to deliver all the soldiers who were in the hands of the enemy.
Consider now the letter from my father, which he arranged to be conveyed to me, and say whether its contents were of good or evil import to your people. In it he had written concerning our domestic affairs, and further, that when things were going well in Sicily I should return. Now surely your interests and those of the people there were the same; so, if he had not been loyal to the State and to you, he would never have sent such a letter.
It is your business, gentlemen of the Council, to inquire whether you will reach a better decision in the matter of this scrutiny by listening to me or to Thrasybulus, who will defend this man. Well, concerning myself or my father or my ancestors he will have nothing to allege that points to hatred of the people. For he cannot say that I took part in the oligarchy, as I underwent the scrutiny for manhoodIn his eighteenth year. at a later date than that; or that my father did either, since he died while holding command in Sicily, long before those seditions;
For we see both the gravity of our dangers and their imminence on every side: you are aware that empire is for those who command the sea, that the KingArtaxerxes II., who reigned 405-362 B.C. has control of the money, that the Greeks are in thrall to those who are able to spend it, that our master possesses many ships, and that the despot of SicilyDionysius I of Syracuse, who reigned 405-367 B.C. has many also.