Quotes of Philipiki - Demostenes

 


Philip entirely destroyed Olynthus and thirty-two other

towns, sold their inhabitantsinto slavery, brought the

whole of Chalcidice within the Macedonian Empire, and

celebrated his conquests by a festival in honour of the

Olympian Zeus at Dium.



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It may be that many of the Hellenes would be glad to

serve under him against Egypt,[n] againstOrontas,[n]

or against certain other foreign powers--not from a

wish that the king should conquer any such enemies,

but because each desires individually to obtain some

private means to relieve his present poverty.

But I cannot believe that any Hellene would march

against Hellas. Whither will he turn afterwards?

Will he go to Phrygia and be a slave?



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And indeed it is not even to the king's own interest

to conquer the Hellenes with a mercenary force;

for an army which has conquered us is, even more

certainly,[n] stronger than he; and his intention

is not to destroy us only that he may fall into the

power of others: he wishes to rule, if it may be, over

all the world; but if not, at least over those who

are already his slaves.



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For the Olynthians know well that they are not fighting

now for honour and glory, nor for a strip of territory,

but to avert the devastation and enslavement of their

country.



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Surely it is not like sober or high-minded men to submit

light-heartedly to the reproach which must follow upon

any shortcomings in the operations of the war through want

of funds--to seize your weapons and march against Corinthians

and Megareans,[n] and then to allow Philip to enslave

Hellenic cities, because you cannot find rations for your

troops.



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Who was it that persuaded you to send embassies almost as

far as the Red Sea, on the ground that Philip was plotting

against Hellas, and that it was for you to foresee this and

not to sacrifice the interests of the Hellenes?

Was it not Eubulus who proposed the decree, while the

ambassador to the Peloponnese was the defendant Aeschines?

What expressions he used in his address to the people, after

he arrived there, is best known to himself: but I know you

all remember what he reported to you. {305} Many a time

in the course of his speech he called Philip 'barbarian'

and 'devil'; and Macedonians, foreigners, men who never were Amphictyons

in the past, are now forcing their way to recognition;