Demosthenes, Orations 27. Against Aphobus 1

LCL 318: 6-7

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[813]Εἰ μὲν ἐβούλετ᾿ Ἄφοβος, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, τὰ δίκαια ποιεῖν, ἢ περὶ ὧν διαφερόμεθα τοῖς οἰκείοις ἐπιτρέπειν, οὐδὲν ἂν ἔδει δικῶν οὐδὲ πραγμάτων· ἀπέχρη γὰρ ἂν τοῖς ὑπ᾿ ἐκείνων γνωσθεῖσιν ἐμμένειν, ὥστε μηδεμίαν ἡμῖν εἶναι πρὸς τοῦτον διαφοράν. ἐπειδὴ δ᾿ οὗτος τοὺς μὲν σαφῶς εἰδότας τὰ ἡμέτερ᾿ ἔφυγε μηδὲν διαγνῶναι περὶ αὐτῶν, εἰς δ᾿ ὑμᾶς τοὺς οὐδὲν τῶν ἡμετέρων ἀκριβῶς ἐπισταμένους ἐλήλυθεν, ἀνάγκη ἐστὶν ἐν ὑμῖν παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ 2πειρᾶσθαι τῶν δικαίων τυγχάνειν. οἶδα μὲν οὖν, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, ὅτι πρὸς ἄνδρας καὶ λέγειν ἱκανοὺς καὶ παρασκευάσασθαι δυναμένους χαλεπόν ἐστιν εἰς ἀγῶνα καθίστασθαι περὶ τῶν ὄντων ἁπάντων, ἄπειρον ὄντα παντάπασι πραγμάτων διὰ τὴν ἡλικίαν· ὅμως δέ, καίπερ πολὺ τούτων καταδεέστερος ὤν, πολλὰς ἐλπίδας ἔχω καὶ παρ᾿ ὑμῖν τεύξεσθαι τῶν δικαίων, καὶ μέχρι γε τοῦ τὰ γεγενημένα διεξελθεῖν καὶ αὐτὸς ἀρκούντως ἐρεῖν, ὥσθ᾿ ὑμᾶς μήτ᾿ ἀπολειφθῆναι τῶν πραγμάτων μηδὲ [814]καθ᾿ ἕν, μήτ᾿ ἀγνοῆσαι περὶ ὧν δεήσει τὴν ψῆφον


Against Aphobus, I

Demosthenes XXVII

Against Aphobus, In Regard To His Guardianship


If Aphobus, men of the jury, had been willing to do what is fair, or to submit the matters in dispute between us to the arbitration of friends, there would be no occasion for a troublesome lawsuit; for I should have been satisfied to abide by their decision, and we should have had no controversy with him. Since, however, he has refused to let those well acquainted with our affairs give a decision, and has come before you, who have no accurate knowledge of them, it must be in your court that I try to win from him what is my due. I know well, men of the jury, that it is2 a hard task to enter into a contest in which all my fortune is at stake with men who are able speakers and clever in preparing their case, while I because of my youth am wholly without experience in affairs. Yet nevertheless, although they have every advantage over me, I have strong hopes that I shall obtain justice in your court, and that, as far at least as relating the facts, I shall myself speak well enough to ensure that not a single detail shall escape you, and that you will not be in the dark regarding the matters concerning which you are to cast your vote. I beg3

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_xxvii_aphobus_i.1936