Isaeus, The Lost Speeches and Fragments

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Isaeus

ὅτι τοιοῦτός ἐστιν οἰκεῖος ὤν, ἀπολογεῖσθαι δὲ περὶ ὧν ἐγκέκληκε καὶ ἔξω με τοῦ πράγματος διαβέβληκεν, ὡς ἂν οὖν δυνώμεθα προθυμότατα πρὸς ὑμᾶς.

2 (Ib. § 12, pp. 607–608.)

[Th. 23]Πόθεν χρὴ πιστεύεσθαι τὰ εἰρημένα πρὸς θεῶν; οὐκ ἐκ τῶν μαρτύρων; οἴομαί γε. πόθεν δὲ τοὺς μάρτυρας; οὐκ ἐκ τῶν βασάνων; εἰκός γε. πόθεν δέ γε ἀπιστεῖσθαι τοὺς λόγους τοὺς τούτων; οὐκ ἐκ τοῦ φεύγειν τοὺς ἐλέγχους; ἀνάγκη μεγάλη. φαίνομαι τοίνυν ἐγὼ μὲν διώκων ταῦτα καὶ τὰ πράγματα εἰς βασάνους ἄγων, οὗτος δὲ ἐπὶ διαβολὰς καὶ λόγους καθιστάς, ὅπερ ἄν τις πλεονεκτεῖν βουλόμενος ποιήσειεν.1 ἐχρῆν δὲ αὐτόν, εἴ πέρ τι δίκαιον ἐφρόνει2 καὶ μὴ παρακρούσασθαι3 τὰς ὑμετέρας γνώμας ἐζήτει,4 μὴ μὰ Δία ταῦτα ποιεῖν, ἀλλ᾿ ἐπὶ τὸν λογισμὸν μετὰ μαρτύρων ἐλθεῖν καὶ ἐξετάζειν ἕκαστα τῶν ἐν τῷ λόγῳ, τοῦτον τὸν τρόπον παρ᾿ ἐμοῦ πυνθανόμενον. εἰσφορὰς λογίζῃ πόσας5;—τόσας.—κατὰ6 πόσον ἀργύριον εἰσενηνεγμένας7;—κατὰ τόσον καὶ τόσον.—κατὰ ποῖα8 ψηφίσματα;—ταυτί.—ταύτας εἰλήφασι τίνες;—οἵδε.—καὶ9 ταῦτα μαρτυρόμενον10 σκέψασθαι,

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as a relative, and to make my defence before you against the charges which he has brought, and his entirely irrelevant calumnies, with all the energy of which I am capable.

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Why, in heaven’s name, ought you to believe what I have said? Ought you not to do so because of the witnesses? I certainly think so. But why should you believe the witnesses? Should you not do so, because of the examinations under torture? It is only reasonable. And why should you disbelieve the story of my opponents? Should you not do so because they refuse the usual tests? This is an absolutely necessary consequence.a It is quite obvious, then, that I am pursuing this courseb and bringing the case to the test of examination under torture, while my opponent makes it an occasion for calumnies and argument, as a man would do whose sole object is to win his case. If he had any thoughts of justice and were not seeking to mislead your judgement, he ought not, by heaven, to be acting like this but ought to proceed to an exact reckoning supported by witnesses and examine every item in the accounts, interrogating me in the following manner: “How much do you reckon for taxes?” “So much.” “On what basis were they paid?” “On such and such a basis.” “In accordance with what decrees?” “These.” “Who have received the contributions?” “So and so.” And

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.isaeus-lost_speeches_fragments.1927