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[26] How could he? What was it, then, that forced him to make this statement? I fancy that Evergus, at the time he made the mistakes1 for which he has paid the penalty, being on friendly terms with me and well known, took the slave from my house and stationed him at his own works to keep guard. If, then, he had written the truth, it would have been ridiculous. For, if Evergus stationed the slave there, wherein do I wrong you? It was to avoid this absurdity that he was compelled to write as he did, that his charge might be directed against me.

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And then having persuaded my slaves to sit in the foundry2 to my prejudice.”

1 A euphemism for the violence and lawlessness with which Evergus had been charged by Pantaenetus.

2 The precise meaning of κεγχρεών cannot be determined. It seems to have denoted either the pit into which the silver was run when melted, or the furnace in which it was refined.

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