The Public Orations of Demosthenes, vol 2

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Author: Demosthenes
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,595 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.4
LoC Category: PA
Downloads: 1,088
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Genres: Essays, Classic
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of this is a matter which some of you require to understand, and I will speak without reserve; for indeed I could not speak otherwise. All the commanders who have ever yet sailed from Athens--if I am wrong, I consent to any penalty that you please[n]--take money from the Chians, from the Erythraeans,[n] from any people from whom they can severally get it--I mean, any of the Asiatic settlers who are now in question. {25} Those who have one or two ships take less, those who have a larger force take more. And those who give to them do not give either little or much for nothing; they are not so insane: in fact, with these sums they buy immunity from injury for the merchants who sail from their ports, freedom from piracy, the convoying of their vessels, and so on. They call the gifts 'benevolences',[n] and that is the name given to the sums thus obtained. {26} And in the present case, when Diopeithes is there with his army, it is obvious that all these peoples will give him money. From what other source do you ima

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