Besides all this, the plaintiff has
himself given him a release from all charges of this kind. He ought not to be
stating these charges now, nor to have inserted them in the challenge in which
he demanded the slave for torture, but to have instituted suit against him, and
to have prosecuted me as his owner. As it is, he has instituted suit against me,
but accuses him. This the laws do not permit. For whoever instituted suit
against the master, and charged the facts against his slave—as though
the slave had any authority of his own?