I ask if
Lysiades, when summoned as a judge, should not answer to his name, and should
have an excuse alleged for him that he is an Areopagite, and that he is not
bound to act as a judge at both Rome
at the same time, will
the man who presides over the investigation admit the excuse of this Greekling
judge, at one time a Greek, and at another a Roman? Or will he disregard the
most ancient laws of the Athenians?
And what a bench will it be, O ye good gods! A Cretan judge, and he the most
worthless of men. Whom can a defendant employ to propitiate him? How is he to
get at him? He comes of a hard nation. But the Athenians are merciful. I dare
say that Curius, too, is not cruel, inasmuch as he is a man who is himself at
the mercy of fortune every day. There are besides other chosen judges who will
perhaps be excused. For they have a legitimate excuse, that they have left their
country in banishment, and that they have not been restored since.