Andocides, Against Alcibiades

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§§ 1–7.Introductory. §§ 1–2. The dangers of entering upon a public career. §§ 3–6. Criticism of ostracism as a political institution. § 7. Appeal for a fair hearing.
§§ 8–9.The fact that the speaker has been tried four times on political charges in the past must not be taken into account by his hearers. He has never been convicted; and therefore his integrity is sufficiently proved.
§§ 10–12.The public conduct of Alcibiades. He has alienated the subject-states of the Empire by doubling their tribute, and has in addition been guilty of embezzlement.
§§ 13–33.The private conduct of Alcibiades. (1) 13–15. His marriage and divorce. (2) §§ 16–19. Agatharchus, the painter. (3) §§ 20–21. Taureas, the Choregus. (4) §§ 22–23. The woman of Melos. § 24. His behaviour during youth hardly bodes well for his behaviour in later life. (5) §§ 25–28. His treatment of Diomedes at Olympia.
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(6) § 29. The insult offered to the Athenian ἀρχιθέωροι at the Games. (7) §§ 30–32. His general behaviour at Olympia. Yet he is welcomed home with honours. § 33. Cimon was ostracized in spite of his Olympic victories.
§ 34.A comparison between the families of the speaker and of Alcibiades. Both the grandfathers of Alcibiades suffered ostracism twice.
§§ 35–36.The speaker has stood trial for his conduct. This Alcibiades has never dared to do.
§§ 37–38.It is unfair to object that the speaker owed his acquittal to the incapacity of his accusers.
§§ 39–40.Alcibiades will try to work upon the sympathy of his audience; but public policy demands his banishment.
§§ 41–42.The services rendered to Athens in the past by the speaker.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.andocides-alcibiades.1941