Isaeus, 5. On the Estate of Dicaeogenes

LCL 202: 160-161

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ἃ ὡμολόγησε, δικαζόμεθα Λεωχάρει ἐγγυητῇ 2γενομένῳ Δικαιογένους, ὥσπερ ἀντωμόσαμεν. καί μοι ἀνάγνωθι τὴν ἀντωμοσίαν.


Ὡς τοίνυν ἀληθῆ ἀντωμόσαμεν, Κηφισόδοτος οὑτοσὶ οἶδε, καὶ μάρτυρας ὑμῖν παρεξόμεθα πρῶτον μὲν ὡς ἀπέστη Δικαιογένης ἡμῖν τοῖν δυοῖν μεροῖν τοῦ κλήρου, εἶτα ὡς ἠγγυήσατο Λεωχάρης. καί μοι ἀνάγνωθι τὴν μαρτυρίαν.


3Τῶν μὲν μαρτύρων ἀκηκόατε, καὶ ὡς οὐ τἀληθῆ μεμαρτυρήκασιν, οὐδ᾿ ἂν αὐτὸν οἶμαι Λεωχάρην εἰπεῖν· ἴσως δὲ ἐπ᾿ ἐκεῖνον τρέψεται τὸν λόγον, ὡς Δικαιογένης τε ἃ ἡμῖν ὡμολόγησεν ἅπαντα πεποίηκε, καὶ αὐτὸς τὴν ἐξεγγύην ὅτι ἀπέδωκεν. εἰ οὖν ταῦτ᾿ ἐρεῖ, ψεύσεται καὶ ῥᾳδίως ἐλεγχθήσεται. ἀναγνώσεται γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅσα κατέλιπε Δικαιογένης ὁ Μενεξένου ἐν τῷ κλήρῳ καὶ τὰ χρήματα ἃ ἔλαβεν.


4Ταῦτα εἰ μὲν μή φασι Δικαιογένην τὸν ἡμέτερον θεῖον ζῶντα κεκτῆσθαι καὶ ἀποθνήσκοντα ἡμῖν δοῦναι, ἀποδειξάτωσαν· εἰ δὲ καὶ ἐκεῖνον καταλιπεῖν καὶ ἡμᾶς κεκομίσθαι, μαρτυρησάτω τις αὐτοῖς. ὅτι μὲν γὰρ Δικαιογένης ὡμολόγει παραδώσειν



we are bringing an action against Leochares, his surety, in accordance with our affidavit.a Please read the affidavit.


That the facts which we stated in the affidavit are true, Cephisodotus here is well aware; and we will now produce witnesses before you to prove, first, that Dicaeogenes (III.) gave up to us the two-thirds of the estate, and, secondly, that Leochares became his surety. Please read the deposition.


You have heard what the witnesses say, and I do not believe that even Leochares himself would declare that their evidence has not been true. He will, however, perhaps have recourse to the argument that Dicaeogenes (III.) has performed all that he agreed to do and that he himself has fulfilled his duties as surety. If he says this, he will be lying and will easily be convicted of doing so; for the clerk shall read you the inventory of all the property which formed the estate left by Dicaeogenes (II.) the son of Menexenus, and of the property received by Dicaeogenes (III.).


If they affirm that Dicaeogenes (II.), our uncle, did not possess this property when he was alive and did not bequeath it to us at his death, let them prove it; if they declare that he left it and that we have recovered it, let them produce a witness to support their statement. We are producing

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.isaeus-v_estate_dicaeogenes.1927