Or take the words, “from Amphictyonic
sacrifices.” Why did he also exclude the murderer from them? He debars
the offender from everything in which the deceased used to participate in his
lifetime; first from his own country and from all things therein, whether
permitted or sacred, assigning the frontier-market as the boundary from which he
declares him excluded; and secondly from the observances at Amphictyonic
assemblies, because the deceased, if a Hellene, also took part therein.
“And from the games,”—why from the games? Because
the athletic contests of Hellas
open to all men,—the sufferer was concerned in them because everybody
was concerned in them; therefore the murderer must absent himself.