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[7] Why, moreover, should the evidence of the attendant be allowed any weight? In his terror at the peril in which he stood, there was no likelihood of his recognizing the murderers. On the other hand, it was likely enough that he would obediently confirm any suggestions made by his masters.1 We distrust the evidence of slaves in general, or we should not torture them; so what justification have you for putting me to death on the evidence of this one?

1 ἀναγιγνώσκειν in the sense of “persuade,” which it must bear here, is found elsewhere only in Herodotus. “Masters” implies that the passers-by who found the slave were members of the dead man's own family, although this fact is nowhere explicitly mentioned by the prosecution.

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