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XLVI

ΚΑΤΑ ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΥ ΨΕΥΔΟΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΩΝ

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[1129]Ὅτι μὲν οὐκ ἀπορήσειν ἔμελλε Στέφανος οὑτοσί, ὅ τι ἀπολογήσεται περὶ τῆς μαρτυρίας, παράγων τῷ λόγῳ, ὡς οὐ πάντα μεμαρτύρηκε τὰ ἐν τῷ γραμματείῳ γεγραμμένα, καὶ ἐξαπατῶν ὑμᾶς, καὶ αὐτὸς σχεδόν τι ὑπενόουν, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί. πανοῦργός τε γάρ ἐστι, καὶ οἱ γράφοντες καὶ οἱ συμβουλεύοντες ὑπὲρ Φορμίωνος πολλοί· ἅμα τ᾿ εἰκός ἐστι τοὺς ἐγχειροῦντας τὰ ψευδῆ μαρτυρεῖν, καὶ τὴν ἀπολογίαν εὐθέως ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν μελετᾶν. 2ὅτι δ᾿ ἐν τοσούτῳ λόγῳ οὐδαμοῦ μάρτυρας παρέσχεθ᾿ ὑμῖν, ὡς ἢ διατιθεμένῳ τῷ πατρὶ τῷ ἐμῷ παρεγένετό που αὐτὸς ταύτην τὴν διαθήκην, ὥστ᾿ εἰδέναι ταῦθ᾿ ὅτι ἀντίγραφ᾿ ἐστὶν ὧν ὁ πατήρ μου διέθετο, ἢ ἀνοιχθὲν εἶδε τὸ γραμματεῖον ὅ φασι διαθέμενον ἐκεῖνον καταλιπεῖν, ταῦτα συμμέμνησθέ 3μοι. ἀλλὰ μὴν ὁπότε μεμαρτύρηκεν ἀντίγραφ᾿ εἶναι τῶν διαθηκῶν τῶν Πασίωνος τὰ ἐν τῷ γραμματείῳ γεγραμμένα, τὰς δὲ διαθήκας μὴ ἔχει

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Against Stephanus, II.

XLVI

Apollodorus Against Stephanus, Charged with Giving False Testimony

II

Even of myself, men of the jury, I could pretty well suspect that this fellow Stephanus would not be at a loss for something to say in defence of his testimony; and that he would seek to mislead and deceive you in his speech by alleging that he has not borne witness to everything written in the deposition. For he is a knave, and there are many to write speeches and give advice on Phormio’s behalf. Furthermore it is but natural that those who undertake to give false testimony should at the start prepare some means of defending it. But I bid you to bear this in mind, that2 in his address, long as it was, he nowhere brought forward witnesses to prove to you either that he was himself present when my father made this will, so as to know that this is a copy of the will which my father made, or that he saw the document opened which they declare my father drew up and left as his will. When, however, my opponent has testified3 that what was written in the document was a copy of the will of Pasio, but is unable to prove either

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_xlvi_apollodorus_stephanus_false_testimony_ii.1939