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[23] I answered, however, in the presence of witnesses, that I was ready to go with them to the senate, and in conjunction with the senate or the Eleven1 to receive the slaves for the torture, telling them that, if my suit against them had been a private one, I should have accepted the slaves for the torture, if they had offered them, but that, as it was, both the slaves and the information belonged to the state2; and therefore the examination by the torture should be conducted by a public official.

1 The board of police commissioners at Athens.

2 Since Arethusius was a state-debtor.

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