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On the second day of the month Metageitnion,1 men of the jury, the generals appointed a court for the Three Hundred for the tendering of exchanges. Among these I cited this man Phaenippus as the law provides. After citing him, I took some of my friends and relatives, and proceeded to his outlying farm at Cytherus.2 And first I led them around the farm, the circuit of which was more than forty stades,3 and pointed out to them, and called them to witness in the presence of Phaenippus, that there were no mortgage-pillars4 on the farm, and I bade Phaenippus, if he said there were, to declare it at once and point them out to me, for fear some debt existing against the property might be brought to light later on.

1 The month Metageitnion corresponds to the latter half of August and the prior half of September.

2 Cytherus was a deme of the tribe Pandionis.

3 The stade was roughly a furlong.

4 Inscribed pillars were set up to indicate that a piece of property was mortgaged. See Dem. 31 passim.

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