Hyperides, In Defence of Euxenippus

LCL 395: 466-467

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Ἀλλ᾿ ἔγωγε, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, ὅπερ καὶ τρὸς τοὺς παρακαθημένους ἀρτίως ἔλεγον, θαυμάζω εἰ μὴ προσίστανται ἤδη ὑμῖν αἱ τοιαῦται εἰσαγγελίαι. τὸ μὲν γὰρ πρότερον εἰσηγγέλλοντο παρ᾿ ὑμῖν Τιμόμαχος καὶ Λεωσθένης καὶ Καλλίστρατος καὶ Φίλων ὁ ἐξ Ἀναίων1 καὶ Θεότιμος ὁ Σηστὸν ἀπολέσας καὶ ἔτεροι τοιοῦτοι· καὶ οἱ μὲν αὐτῶν ναῦς αἰτίαν ἔχοντες προδοῦναι, οἱ δὲ πόλεις Ἀθηναίων, 2ὁ δὲ ῥήτωρ ὢν λέγειν μὴ τὰ ἄριστα τῷ δήμῳ. καὶ οὔτε τούτων πέντε ὄντων οὐδεὶς ὑπέμεινε τὸν ἀγῶνα, ἀλλ᾿ αὐτοὶ ᾤχοντο φεύγοντες ἐκ τῆς πόλεως, [col. 2]οὔτ᾿ ἄλλοι πολλοὶ τῶν εἰσαγγελλομένων, ἀλλ᾿ ἦν σπάνιον ἰδεῖν ἀπ᾿ εἰσαγγελίας τινὰ κρινόμενον ὑπακούσαντα εἰς τὸ δικαστήριον· οὕτως ὑπὲρ μεγάλων ἀδικημάτων καὶ περιφανῶν αἱ εἰσαγγελίαι τότε ἦσαν. νυνὶ δὲ τὸ γιγνόμενον ἐν τῇ 3πόλει πάνυ καταγέλαστόν ἐστιν. Διογνίδης μὲν καὶ


In Defence Of Euxenippus

In Defence of Euxenippus

Personally, gentlemen of the jury, as I was just saying to those seated beside me,a I am surprised that you are not tired by now of this kind of impeachment. At one time the men impeached before you were Timomachus, Leosthenes, Callistratus, Philon of Anaea, Theotimus who lost Sestos, and others of the same type.b Some were accused of betraying ships, others of giving up Athenian cities, and another, an orator, of speaking against the people’s interests. Though there were five of them, not one waited to be tried; they left the city of their own accord and went into exile. The same is true of many others who were impeached. In fact it was a rare thing to see anyone subjected to impeachment appearing in court. So serious and so notorious were the crimes which at that time led to an impeachment. But the present practice in the city is utterly absurd. Diognides

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hyperides-defence_euxenippus.1954