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[35] And would he have begrudged him the banking business, in which he might have given him a share without disgrace, and yet have given him his wife, a bequest disgraceful above all others? Yes, after receiving from you the gift of citizenship, he gave his wife (if indeed he gave her) as a slave giving to his master, and not, on the contrary, as a master to a slave, and he added such a dowry as no man in Athens was ever known to give.1

1 The mother of Demosthenes brought to her husband a dowry of only 80 minae (Dem. 27.5); the mother of Mantitheus one of 60 minae (Dem. 40.6); and the two daughters of Polyeuctus dowries of 40 minae each (Dem. 41.3 and Dem. 41.27).

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