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[25] And these slaves themselves, upon whom he alleges that he has expended the money, they have never handed over to me. On the contrary, they tell the idlest tale imaginable, to the effect that the man who pledged the slaves to my father is the vilest sort of a fellow, who has left many friendly loans1 unpaid, and who is overwhelmed with debt; and to prove this against him they have called a large number of witnesses. But as for the slaves—who got them; how they went out of the house; who took them away; or in what suit they lost them by judgement, they are unable to say.

1 The ἔρανος, originally a meal to which each contributed his due portion, came not unnaturally to mean a “club” to which each member contributed, and from which he could claim help, if need arose. Then it was also used, as here, of the “contribution” or better, the “loan,” made to such members.

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