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[36] But when Theophemus came in, after the woman had gone to fetch him, I asked for the inventory of the equipment, telling him that I was now on the point of sailing; and I showed him the decree of the senate. When, on my saying this, he refused to give it up, but began to threaten me and abuse me, I bade the boy call in from the street any citizens1 whom he might see passing by, that I might have them as witnesses to what was said,

1 Only a citizen would be a competent witness. A slave or an alien would not suffice.

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