Epistles of Phalaris, V: To the People of Leontini
“If you are eager for me to end the war which I am waging against you, then you should without shame hand over Lucinus to me, so that I may, in directing all of my rage to him, desist from my fury against the city. I will employ nothing against him nothing more severe than that which I know that you all have already wished for him.”
Εἰ καταλῦσαί με τὸν πρὸς ὑμᾶς ὀρέγεσθε πόλεμον, μηδὲν αἰδεσθέντες ἔκδοτέ μοι Λυκῖνον, ἵνα τὴν ὀργὴν ἅπασαν εἰς τοῦτον ἀφεὶς παύσωμαι τοῦ πρὸς τὴν πόλιν θυμοῦ. χρήσομαι δ’ οὐδὲν αὐτῷ χαλεπώτερον ἢ πάντας ὑμᾶς ἐπίσταμαι βουλομένους.