This fellow Stephanus indicted the decree as illegal, and came before a court.
He produced false witnesses to substantiate the calumnious charge that
Apollodorus had been a debtor to the treasury for twenty-five years, and by
making all sorts of accusations that were foreign to the indictment won a
verdict against the decree.
So far as this is
concerned, if he saw fit to follow this course, we do not take it ill; but when
the jurors were casting their votes to fix the penalty, although we begged him
to make concessions, he would not listen to us, but fixed the fine at fifteen
talents in order to deprive Apollodorus and his children of their civic rights,
and to bring my sister and all of us into extremest distress and utter