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[112] and when the Council had assembled, Callias, son of Hipponicus, who was wearing his ceremonial robes,1 rose and announced that a suppliant's bough had been placed on the altar. He displayed this bough to the Council. Thereupon the herald2 called for the person responsible. There was no reply, although I was standing close by and in full view of Cephisius. When no one replied, and Eucles here, who had come out to inquire, had disappeared inside once more—but call him. Now, Eucles, testify whether these facts are correct to start with. “Evidence

1 As δᾳδοῦχος (Torch-bearer), the hereditary office of his family, who belonged to the ancient clan of the κήρυκες. The torch was symbolic of Demeter's search through the world for her daughter.

2 Eucles, mentioned below. He was the official town-crier of Athens (cf. 36), and appears in various inscriptions (cf. I.G. ii 2. 73). The insertion of before ἐπεξελθὼν is the simplest correction of the MS. reading in the next sentence but one. Others wish to distinguish between κῆρυξ and Eucles.

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