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Both sides are agreed, as you see, that the boy's death was accidental; so by discovering which of the two was guilty of error, we should prove still more conclusively who killed him. For it is those guilty of error in carrying out an intended act who are responsible for accidents1: just as it is those who voluntarily do a thing or allow it to be done to them who are responsible for the effects suffered.

1 The argument is: (1) It is agreed that death was accidental. (2) But accidents are always due to ἁμαρτία on the part of someone. (3) Therefore if the person guilty of ἁμαρτία is discovered, we have eo ipso discovered the person responsible for the boy's death.

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