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[44] Furthermore, Herodes was murdered very close to the sea and the boats, or so we are told by the prosecution. Was a man who was struck down by but one assailant not going to shout out or attract the attention of those on shore or on board? Moreover, sounds can be heard1 over much greater distances by night than by day, on a beach than in a city. Moreover, it is admitted that the passengers were still awake when Herodes left the boat.

1 If the manuscript reading is retained, this sentence will be the supposed answer of the prosecution to the question just put by the defence; but the introductory καὶ μὴν argues against such an interpretation. In view of the frequent mis-copying of perfectly common words elsewhere in the manuscripts, it is less likely that γε ἀγνοεῖν arose through ignorance from the rarity γεγωνεῖν, than that it replaced γε ἀκούειν through carelessness.

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