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Consider now of how large a sum they are defrauding me in the matter of these sofa-makers: the principal alone, forty minae, and interest upon it for ten years, two talents; for they obtained from the slaves a profit of twelve minae each year. Is this a trifling sum drawn from some obscure source, which might easily have been miscalculated, or have they not manifestly robbed me of nearly three talents1? Of this sum which they have jointly scattered to the winds, it is surely right that I should recover a third from the defendant.

1 Strictly, two talents and forty minae. See the table on p. 11.

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