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[42] the senate, I say, ordered me to prefer an impeachment, and that the prytanes1 should give Theophemus two days' notice of trial on a charge of breaking the law and of impeding the fleet's departure, charging further that he had refused to return the ship's equipment and had taken from me the pledge which I had seized, and beaten me when I was seeking to collect what was due and was performing my duty to the state. Well, then, the trial of Theophemus came on before the senate in accordance with the impeachment which I had preferred; and after both sides had been heard and the senators had cast their votes secretly, he was convicted in the senate-chamber and adjudged to be guilty.

1 Since the entire senate of five hundred members could not always meet as a whole, the fifty members from each tribe served in turn (the order being determined by lot) as a sort of executive committee for one-tenth of the year, the presiding officer for the day being chosen from their number. These groups were called the prytanes.

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