“No Politician Treated So Unfairly!”

Epistles of Phalaris, II: To the People of Megara

“I do not blame you for your ingratitude after receiving so many favors from me, as when I was recently under judgment concerning some of my borders with my neighbors and you gave false witness against me. Rather, I blame myself for my own insensibility, since I did not learn my lesson after being so grievously insulted by you on numerous occasions. You remember none of the favor I have shown you, and I still show you favor as though you never forgot.”

Οὐ μέμφομαι τὴν ἀχαριστίαν ὑμῶν πολλάκις εὐηργετημένων, ὅτι μου κρινομένου περὶ τῶν ὅρων πρὸς τοὺς ἀστυγείτονας κατεψευδομαρτυρήκατε, κατηγορῶ δὲ ἐμαυτοῦ τῆς ἀναλγησίας, ὅτι προπηλακιζόμενος ὑπὸ τῶν αὐτῶν πολλάκις οὐ σωφρονίζομαι. ὑμεῖς μὲν γὰρ οὐδέποτε χάριτος ἐμοὶ μνημονεύετε, ἐγὼ δ’ ὡς μηδέποτε ἐπιλελησμένοις χαρίζομαι.

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