Demosthenes, Orations 29. Against Aphobus 3

LCL 318: 82-83

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Εἰ μὴ πρότερόν μοι δίκης γενομένης πρὸς Ἄφοβον, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, συνῄδειν πολλῷ τούτων μείζω καὶ δεινότερ᾿ αὐτοῦ ψευσαμένου ῥᾳδίως ἐξελέγξας διὰ τὴν περιφάνειαν τῶν ἀδικημάτων, θαυμασίως ἂν ὡς ηὐλαβούμην, μὴ καὶ νῦν οὐ δυνηθῶ δεῖξαι, πῇ παρακρούεταί ποθ᾿ ἕκασθ᾿ ὑμᾶς αὐτῶν. νῦν δέ, σὺν θεοῖς εἰπεῖν, ἄνπερ ἴσοι καὶ κοινοὶ γένησθ᾿ ἀκροαταί, πολλὰς ἐλπίδας ἔχω μηδὲν ἧττον ὑμᾶς τὴν ἀναίδειαν τὴν τούτου γνώσεσθαι τῶν πρότερον δικασάντων. καὶ ταῦτ᾿ εἰ μὲν ἐδεῖτο λόγου τινὸς ἢ ποικιλίας, ἔγωγε κατώκνουν ἂν τὴν ἐμαυτοῦ καταμεμφόμενος ἡλικίαν· νῦν δ᾿ ἁπλῶς δεῖ διδάξαι καὶ διηγήσασθαι τὰ τούτῳ πεπραγμένα περὶ ἡμῶν· ἐκ δὲ τούτων οἶμαι πᾶσιν ὑμῖν εὔγνωστον ἔσεσθαι, πότερός ποθ᾿ ἡμῶν ἐσθ᾿ ὁ πονηρός.

2Οἶδα μὲν οὖν ὅτι τὴν δίκην οὗτος εἴληχε ταύτην, οὐχὶ τῷ τὰ ψευδῆ τιν᾿ αὐτοῦ καταμεμαρτυρηκέναι ἐξελέγξειν πιστεύων, ἀλλ᾿ ἡγούμενος διὰ τὸ μέγεθος [845]τοῦ τιμήματος τῆς δίκης, ἣν ὦφλεν, ἐμοὶ μὲν


Against Aphobus


Against Aphobus in Defence of Phanus Charged with Giving False Testimony


If I were not conscious, men of the jury, that in a former suit against Aphobus I had readily (so absolutely manifest were his wrongdoings) convicted him of lies greater and more outrageous than these which he now utters, I should have grave doubts of my ability to show how he seeks to lead you astray in regard to each one of them. As it is, however (be it said with the favour of heaven), if you prove fair and impartial hearers, I have strong hopes that you will become as fully aware of the shamelessness of this man as were the jurors in the former trial. If the case required eloquence or cleverness I should shrink through distrust of my youth; but, as matters are, I need merely point out and rehearse to you what the plaintiff’s conduct toward us has been. From this it will be easy, I think, for all of you to determine which of us is the villain.

I know that the plaintiff has instituted this suit,2 not because he believes he can convict anyone of having borne false witness against him, but because he thinks that the large amount of damages which he was condemned to pay will give rise to a feeling

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_xxix_aphobus.iii.1936