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XXXVIII

ΠΑΡΑΓΡΑΦΗ ΠΡΟΣ ΝΑΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΝ ΚΑΙ ΞΕΝΟΠΕΙΘΗΝ

Δεδωκότων, ὦ ἄνδρες δικασταί, τῶν νόμων παραγράψασθαι, περὶ ὧν ἄν τις ἀφεὶς καὶ ἀπαλλάξας πάλιν δικάζηται, γεγενημένων ἀμφοτέρων τῷ πατρὶ [985]πρὸς Ναυσίμαχον καὶ Ξενοπείθην τοὺς εἰληχότας ἡμῖν, παρεγραψάμεθ᾿, ὥσπερ ἠκούσατ᾿ ἀρτίως, μὴ 2εἰσαγώγιμον εἶναι τὴν δίκην. δεήσομαι δὲ καὶ δίκαια καὶ μέτρι᾿ ὑμῶν ἁπάντων, πρῶτον μὲν εὐνοϊκῶς ἀκοῦσαί μου λέγοντος, εἶτ᾿, ἐὰν ἀδικεῖσθαι δοκῶ καὶ μὴ προσήκοντος ἐγκλήματος φεύγειν δίκην, βοηθῆσαί μοι τὰ δίκαια. ὃ μὲν γὰρ ὑμεῖς ἐπὶ τῇ δίκῃ τίμημ᾿ ἀκηκόατε, τριάκοντ᾿ εἰσὶ μναῖ, ὧν δὲ φεύγομεν χρημάτων, τέτταρα τάλαντα. ὄντες γὰρ δύο τέτταρας εἰλήχασι δίκας ἡμῖν, τῶν αὐτῶν χρημάτων πάσας, τρισχιλίων ἑκάστην, βλάβης· καὶ νυνὶ πρὸς τριάκοντα μνῶν ἐπίγραμμα, ὑπὲρ τοσούτων 3χρημάτων εἰς ἀγῶνα καθέσταμεν. τὴν μὲν

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Demosthenes

XXXVIII

One of The Sons of Aristaechmus Against Nausimachus And Xenopeithes, A Special Plea

Inasmuch as the laws, men of the jury, have granted that a special plea may be entered in cases where a man, after giving a release and discharge,a nevertheless brings suit, and as both of these have been given to our father by Nausimachus and Xenopeithes who have commenced suit against us, we have pleaded, as you have just now heard, that their suit is not admissible. I shall make of you all a just2 and reasonable request: first, that you listen to my words with goodwill, and, secondly, that if you think that I am being wronged and made defendant in a suit which has no valid basis, you render me the succour which is my due. The damages claimed in the action are, as you have heard, thirty minae; but the sum for which we are really being sued is four talents. For there are two of them, and they have entered four suits against us, all for a like amount, each for three thousand drachmae damages;b and now on a complaint for thirty minae we are brought to trial for so large a sum. The malicious actions of3

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.demosthenes-orations_xxxviii_one_sons_aristaechus_nausimachus_xenopeithes.1936