Hyperides, Against Demosthenes

LCL 395: 500-501

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ΚΑΤΑ ΔΗΜΟΣΘΕΝΟΥΣ ΥΠΕΡ ΤΩΝ ΑΡΠΑΛΕΙΩΝ

Frag. I

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Ἀλλ᾿ ἐγώ, ὦ [ἄνδρες]1 δικασταί, [ὅπερ καὶ] πρὸς τοὺ[ς παρακαθη]μένους [ἀρτίως ἔλ]εγον, θαυ[μάζω]2 τουτὶ τὸ πρᾶ[γμα, εἰ δ]ὴ3 νὴ Δία κατὰ [Δημ]οσθένους μό[νου τ]ῶν ἐν τῇ πόλει [μήτε] οἱ νόμοι ἰσχύου[σιν, οἱ] κελεύοντες κύ[ρια εἶν]αι ὅσα ἄν τις [αὐτ]ὸς καθ᾿ αὑτοῦ διάθηται, μήτε τὰ ψηφίσματα τοῦ δήμου, καθ᾿ ἃ ὑμεῖς μὲν ὀμωμόκατε τὴν ψῆφον οἴσειν, ἔγραψεν δὲ αὐτὰ οὐδεὶς τῶν ἐχθρῶν τῶν Δημοσθένους, ἀλλ᾿ αὐτὸς οὗτος, ἐψηφίσατο δὲ ὁ δῆμος [το]ύτου κελεύο[ντο]ς4 [καὶ μόνον] οὐχ ἑκου[σίως αὑτὸν ἀπο]λλύ[οντος] [Desunt col. 1 [col. 2]versus fere tres.] [καίτοι τὸ] δίκαιον, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, ἁπλοῦν ὑπολαμβάνω ἡμῖν εἶναι πρὸς Δημοσθένη. ὥσπερ γὰρ ἐπὶ τῶν ἰδίων ἐγκλημάτων πολλὰ διὰ προκλήσεων κρίνεται, οὕτως καὶ τουτὶ τὸ πρᾶγμα κέκριται. σκέψασθε γάρ, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, οὑτωσί. ᾐτιάσατό σε, ὦ Δημόσθενες, ὁ δῆμος εἰληφ[έναι] εἴκοσι τάλαντ[α ἐπὶ] τῇ πολιτείᾳ κ[αὶ τοῖς] νόμοις. ταῦτα σ[ὺ ἔ]ξαρνος ἐγένου μὴ λαβεῖν, καὶ πρόκλησιν γράψας ἐν ψηφίσματι προσήνεγκας

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Against Demosthenes

Against Demosthenes

Frag. I

Personally, gentlemen of the jury, as I was just saying to those seated beside me, what surprises me is this. Is it really true that Demosthenes, unlike any other man in Athens, is exempt from the laws which enforce an agreement made by a person against his own interests? Is he unaffected by the people’s decrees, which you have sworn to observe in voting, decrees which were proposed, not by any of his enemies, but by Demosthenes himself, and which the people carried on his motion, almost as though he deliberately sought to destroy himself . . . and yet the just verdict, gentlemen of the jury, is, as I see it, simple: it is in our favour against Demosthenes. In private suits differences are often settled by challenge, and that is how this affair also has been settled. Look at it in this way, gentlemen. The people accused you, Demosthenes, of having accepted twenty talents illegally, against the interests of the state. You denied having done so and drew up a challenge, which you laid before the people in the

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hyperides-demosthenes.1954