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[49] But surely, when he says “ lawfully born and rightfully established according to the statute,” he is quibbling and defying the laws. For the “ lawfully born” exists, when it is born of the body; and the law bears testimony to this, when it says, “ Lawfully born are children of a woman whom her father or brother or grandfather has given in marriage.” But “ rightfully established” the lawgiver understood of adoptions, considering that when a man, being childless and master of his property, adopts a son, this action ought to be rightful. Well, our opponent says that Archiades had no son of the body, but in the affidavit he has sworn to the words “ since there are lawfully born children,” thus making a sworn statement that is contrary to the truth.

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