Lycurgus, Fragments

LCL 395: 138-139

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[102] Nam, cum iuventus concitata temere arma caperet et quietos Thessalos manu lacessere conaretur, ego1 senatum coegi auctoritate sua comprimere adulescentium violentiam. Ego quaestoribus interminatus sum ne sumptum stipendio praeberent. Ego armamentario patefacto restiti atque efferri arma prohibui. Itaque unius opera mea non concitatum bellum non necessarium scitis. (Rutil. Lup. i. 7.)

This title, cited four times by Harpocration, presents a problem, since it is not included by Suidas in his list of speeches of Lycurgus. Despite this it seems best to regard it as denoting a distinct speech. It is strange that Suidas should have omitted it, but his list includes apparently only fourteen speeches, and, as the Pseudo-Plutarch (Lycurg. 39) credits Lycurgus with fifteen, there is room for one more. A less likely solution is to accept this as an alternative title for one of those speeches which Suidas does mention. If we take this course there are three possibilities. (1) It may, as Sauppe held, refer to the Defence against Demades (no. 3). But (a) Harpocration quotes this elsewhere under


[24] 1. Τρεῖς δοκιμασίαι κατὰ τὸν νόμον γίγνονται·



A. On his own administration

I. Defence of His Policy

For when the young men in their enthusiasm were thoughtlessly taking up arms and seeking to provoke the peaceful Thessalians, I compelled the Council to use its authority and restrain their violence. It was I who by my threats forbade the treasurers to grant a subsidy for soldiers’ pay. It was I who stood firm when the arsenal was opened and refused to have arms taken out. It was thus entirely my doing, as you perceive, that an unnecessary war was avoided.

the title used by Suidas, which suggests that he is here referring to a different speech, (b) a passage in the Pseudo-Plutarch (Lycurg. 31), which seems to bear on the present speech, says that Menesaechmus, not Demades, was the prosecutor. (2). If Suidas intended the phrase “On the Accounts” as the title of a different speech from the Defence against Demades, which is unlikely,a we might identify this speech with that. (3) This speech may be the same as On his Administration (no.2); but the latter title too is used by Harpocration elsewhere. The above fragment was assigned to the speech by Sauppe.

2. On His Administration

1. The law provides for three types of examination

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lycurgus-fragments.1954