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ΠΡΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΣΤΡΑΤΟΝ ΠΕΡΙ ΑΝΔΡΑΠΟΔΩΝ ΑΠΟΓΡΑΦΗΣ ΑΡΕΘΟΥΣΙΟΥ

Ὅτι μὲν οὐ συκοφαντῶν, ἀλλ᾿ ἀδικούμενος καὶ ὑβριζόμενος ὑπὸ τούτων καὶ οἰόμενος δεῖν τιμωρεῖσθαι τὴν ἀπογραφὴν ἐποιησάμην, μέγιστον ὑμῖν ἔστω τεκμήριον, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, τό τε μέγεθος τῆς ἀπογραφῆς, καὶ ὅτι αὐτὸς ἐγὼ ἀπέγραψα. οὐ γὰρ δήπου συκοφαντεῖν γε βουλόμενος ἀπέγραψα ἂν πένθ᾿ ἡμιμναίων ἄξια ἀνδράποδα, ὡς αὐτὸς ὁ ἀμφισβητῶν τετίμηται αὐτά, ἐκινδύνευον δ᾿ ἂν περί τε χιλίων δραχμῶν, καὶ τοῦ μηδέποτε μηδένα αὖθις ὑπὲρ ἐμαυτοῦ γράψασθαι· οὐδ᾿ αὖ οὕτως ἄπορος ἦν οὐδ᾿ ἄφιλος, ὥστ᾿ οὐκ ἂν ἐξευρεῖν τὸν 2ἀπογράψοντα· ἀλλὰ τῶν ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἁπάντων ἡγησάμενος δεινότατον εἶναι, ἀδικεῖσθαι μὲν αὐτός, ἕτερον δ᾿ ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ τοῦ ἀδικουμένου τοὔνομα παρέχειν, καὶ εἶναι ἄν τι τούτοις τοῦτο τεκμήριον,

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Against Nicostratus

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Apollodorus Against Nicostratus in the Matter of Information Filed Concerning Slaves of Arethusius

I have no desire to bring a baseless and malicious charge; but I have filed this inventory of property because I have suffered wrong and indignity from these men and therefore thought it my duty to avenge myself upon them. Of this you will find convincing proof, men of the jury, in the amount of the valuation, and in my having filed the information in my own name. For, I take it, if I had wished to bring a malicious suit, I should not have listed slaves worth two minae and a half, the sum at which the claimant himself has fixed their value, and myself have run the risk of losing a thousand drachmae, and forfeiting the right ever again to indict anyone on my own behalf. Nor, again, was I so lacking in resources or in friends as to be unable to find some one to file the information; but I thought it the most2 outrageous thing ever seen among men, that I should myself suffer the wrong, but that another should lend his name on behalf of me, the one wronged; and that this would then serve as presumptive proof to my

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_liii_apollodorus_nicostratus_matter_slaves_arethusius.1939