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[4] Yet violation of the rights of heralds and ambassadors is regarded by all men as an act of impiety, and by none more than by you, if I may judge from the fact that, when the Megarians arrested Anthemocritus,1 your Assembly went to the length of excluding them from the celebration of the mysteries, and actually erected a statue before the city gates to commemorate the outrage. Yet is it not monstrous that you are now yourselves notoriously guilty of acts which, when you were the victims, excited in you such detestation of the perpetrators?

1 The incident is narrated by Plutarch (Plut. Per. 30). A. was sent to remonstrate with the Megarians for cultivating sacred ground. The statute was still to be seen in the time of Pausanias (Paus. 1.36.3).

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