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XXXI

ΠΡΟΣ ΟΝΗΤΟΡΑ ΕΞΟΥΛΗΣ

B

[876]Ὃ παρέλιπον ἐν τῷ προτέρῳ λόγῳ τεκμήριον, οὐδενὸς τῶν εἰρημένων ἔλαττον, τοῦ μὴ δεδωκέναι τὴν προῖκα τούτους Ἀφόβῳ, τοῦτο πρῶτον εἰπών, μετὰ τοῦτο καὶ περὶ ὧν οὗτος ἔψευσται πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἐξελέγχειν αὐτὸν πειράσομαι. οὗτος γάρ, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, τὸ πρῶτον ὅτε τῶν Ἀφόβου διενοεῖτ᾿ ἀμφισβητεῖν, οὐχὶ τάλαντον ἔφη τὴν προῖχ᾿, ὥσπερ νῦν, ἀλλ᾿ ὀγδοήκοντα μνᾶς δεδωκέναι, καὶ τίθησιν ὅρους ἐπὶ μὲν τὴν οἰκίαν δισχιλίων, ἐπὶ δὲ τὸ χωρίον ταλάντου, βουλόμενος μὴ μόνον τοῦτο, 2ἀλλὰ κἀκείνην διασῴζειν αὐτῷ. γενομένης δέ μοι τῆς δίκης πρὸς αὐτόν, ἰδὼν ὡς διάκεισθ᾿ ὑμεῖς πρὸς τοὺς λίαν ἀναιδῶς ἀδικοῦντας, ἔννους γίγνεται, καὶ δεινὰ πάσχειν ἡγήσατο δόξειν ἐμὲ τοσούτων χρημάτων ἀπεστερημένον, εἰ μηδ᾿ ὁτιοῦν ἕξοιμι τῶν Ἀφόβου λαβεῖν τοῦ τἄμ᾿ ἔχοντος, ἀλλ᾿ ὑπὸ τούτου 3κωλυόμενος φανερὸς γενήσομαι. καὶ τί ποιεῖ;

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Against Onetor, II.

XXXI

Against Onetor, an Ejectment Suit

II

There is one proof which I omitted in my former speech, quite as important as any of those which were brought forward, to prove that these men did not pay the marriage-portion to Aphobus. This I shall speak of first, and shall then undertake to refute the falsehoods which the defendant has uttered before you. For the fellow, men of the jury, when he first determined to lay claim to the property of Aphobus, declared that he had paid as the marriage-portion, not a talent, as he now alleges, but eighty minae; and he set up pillarsa on the house for two thousand drachmae, and on the land for a talent, wishing to preserve both the one and the other for Aphobus. When, however, the trial against him had been decided,2 and he saw what your attitude was toward those who were too brazen in their wrongdoings, he came to his senses, and concluded that I should appear to be suffering outrageous treatment, if, after being robbed of such large sums, I should be unable to recover anything whatever from Aphobus, who had my property in his possession, but it should become clear that I was prevented by the defendant from recovering anything. What, then, does he do?3

  • aTo signify that the property was mortgaged.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_xxxi_onetor_ejectment_suit_ii.1936