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[13] “And, if they do not enter Pontus, but remain in the Hellespont ten days after the rising of the dogstar,1 and disembark their goods at a port where the Athenians have no right of reprisals,2 and from thence complete their voyage to Athens, let them pay the interest written into the contract the year before.3 And if the vessel in which the goods shall be conveyed suffers aught beyond repair, but the security is saved, let whatever is saved be the joint property of the lenders. And in regard to these matters nothing shall have greater effect than the agreement.4

Witnesses: Phormio of Peiraeus, Cephisodotus of Boeotia, Heliodorus of Pitthus.5

1 The ten days following the rising of Sirius—July 25 to August 5—were, it was thought, apt to be stormy.

2 In such ports Athenian ships would be safe.

3 If the return voyage is delayed until the legal year has expired (at the summer solstice) the rate of interest is to remain unchanged.

4 That is, the terms of the contract shall be absolute. Compare Dem. 35.39.

5 Pittus (Pithus) was a deme of the tribe Cecropis.

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