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LVII

ΕΦΕΣΙΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΥΒΟΥΛΙΔΗΝ

[1299]

Πολλὰ καὶ ψευδῆ κατηγορηκότος ἡμῶν Εὐβουλίδου, καὶ βλασφημίας οὔτε προσηκούσας οὔτε δικαίας πεποιημένου, πειράσομαι τἀληθῆ καὶ τὰ δίκαια λέγων, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, δεῖξαι καὶ μετὸν τῆς πόλεως ἡμῖν καὶ πεπονθότ᾿ ἐμαυτὸν οὐχὶ προσήκονθ᾿ ὑπὸ τούτου. δέομαι δ᾿ ἁπάντων ὑμῶν, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, καὶ ἱκετεύω καὶ ἀντιβολῶ, λογισαμένους τό τε μέγεθος τοῦ παρόντος ἀγῶνος, καὶ τὴν αἰσχύνην μεθ᾿ ἧς ὑπάρχει τοῖς ἁλισκομένοις ἀπολωλέναι, ἀκοῦσαι καὶ ἐμοῦ σιωπῇ, μάλιστα μέν, εἰ δυνατόν, μετὰ πλείονος εὐνοίας ἢ τούτου (τοῖς γὰρ ἐν κινδύνῳ καθεστηκόσιν εἰκὸς εὐνοϊκωτέρους ὑπάρχειν), εἰ δὲ μή, μετὰ τῆς γ᾿ ἴσης.

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Συμβαίνει δέ μοι τὸ μὲν καθ᾿ ὑμᾶς, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, καὶ τὸ προσήκειν μοι τῆς πόλεως, θαρρεῖν καὶ πολλὰς ἔχειν ἐλπίδας καλῶς ἀγωνιεῖσθαι, τὸν καιρὸν δὲ καὶ τὸ παρωξύνθαι τὴν πόλιν πρὸς τὰς ἀποψηφίσεις φοβεῖσθαι· πολλῶν γὰρ ἐξεληλαμένων δικαίως ἐκ πάντων τῶν δήμων, συγκεκοινωνήκαμεν

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Against Eubulides

Lvii

Euxitheus Against Eubulides, an Appeal

Since Eubulides has brought many false charges against me, and has uttered slanders which are neither becoming nor just, I shall try, men of the jury, to prove by a true and fair statement that I am entitled to citizenship, and that I have been unworthily treated by this fellow. I beg you all, men of the jury, and implore and beseech you, that in view of the great importance of the present trial and the shame and ruin which conviction entails, you will hear me, as you have heard my opponent, in silence; indeed that you will listen to me with greater goodwill, if possible, than you have listened to him (for it is reasonable to suppose that you are more favourably disposed to those who stand in peril), but, if this cannot be, at least with equal goodwill.

But it so happens, men of the jury, that, although2 I am of good cheer so far as you are concerned and my right to citizenship and have good hopes of coming through this trial well, yet the occasion alarms me and the temper shown by the state when it has to deal with cases of disfranchisementa; for while many have with justice been expelled from all the denies, we who

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_lvii_euxitheus_eubulides_appeal.1939