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VI. ΚΑΤ᾿ ΑΝΔΟΚΙΔΟΥ ΑΣΕΒΕΙΑΣ

1. . . ἔδησε τὸν ἵππον ἐκ τοῦ ῥόπτρου τοῦ ἱεροῦ ὡς ἀποδιδούς, τῇ δ᾿ ἐπιούσῃ νυκτὶ ὑφείλετο. οὗτος οὖν ὁ ταῦτα ποιήσας θανάτῳ τῷ ἀλγίστῳ ἀπώλετο, λιμῷ· πολλῶν γὰρ καὶ ἀγαθῶν αὐτῷ ἐπὶ τὴν τράπεζαν παρατιθεμένων ὄζειν ἐδόκει τοῦ ἄρτου καὶ τῆς μάζης κάκιστον, καὶ οὐκ ἐδύνατο ἐσθίειν. 2καὶ ταῦτα πολλοὶ ἡμῶν ἤκουον τοῦ ἱεροφάντου 3λέγοντος.1 δίκαιον οὖν μοι δοκεῖ εἶναι νῦν ἐπὶ τούτῳ τὰ τότε λεχθέντα ἀναμνῆσαι, καὶ μὴ μόνον τοὺς τούτου φίλους ὑπὸ τούτου καὶ τῶν τούτου λόγων ἀπόλλυσθαι, ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτὸν τοῦτον ὑφ᾿ ἑτέρου.

Ἀδύνατον δὲ καὶ ὑμῖν ἐστι, περὶ τοιούτου πράγματος φέρουσι τὴν ψῆφον, ἢ κατελεῆσαι ἢ καταχαρίσασθαι Ἀνδοκίδῃ, ἐπισταμένοις ὅτι ἐναργῶς τὼ θεὼ τούτω τιμωρεῖτον2 τοὺς ἀδικοῦντας· ἐλπίσαι οὖν χρὴ πάντα ἄνθρωπον ταὐτὰ3 καὶ 4ἑαυτῷ καὶ ἑτέρῳ ἔσεσθαι. φέρε γάρ, ἐὰν νυνὶ Ἀνδοκίδης ἀθῷος ἀπαλλαγῇ <δι᾿>4 ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦδε τοῦ ἀγῶνος καὶ ἔλθῃ κληρωσόμενος τῶν ἐννέα

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Against Andocides

VI. Against Andocides: for Impiety

. . . he tied up the horse to the knocker on the temple door, as though he were handing it back; but on the following night he contrived to take it away. Well, the man who did this has perished by the most painful death, of hunger; for, although plenty of good things were set on the table before him, he found that the bread and cake had a vile odour, and he was unable to eat. This fact a number of us heard stated by the priest in charge of the rites. I therefore think it just that I should now recall in connexion with the accused the statements made at that time, and that not only should his friends perish by his act and his information, but he himself too should perish by the action of another.

It is impossible for you on your part, when you give your vote on a matter of this kind, to show either pity or indulgence to Andocides, since you understand that these two goddessesa take signal vengeance upon wrongdoers: every man ought therefore to expect the same consequences for himself and for others. I would ask you, if you allow Andocides to get off now unscathed from this trial, and to attend for drawing the lots for the nine archons, and to be

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lysias-6_andocides_impiety.1930