[hypothesis] Menecles adopted a son and lived for twenty-three years after the date of the adoption. When his brothers1 claimed his estate, a certain Philonides attested that the estate was not adjudicable, because Menecles had left a son. The brothers then brought an action for perjury against Philonides, and it is against them that the son undertakes the defence of Philonides. The speech, which is in defence of a will, is the counterpart of that delivered “On the Estate of Cleonymus,”2 which upholds the rights of kindred. The discussion concerns a point of law with a controversy on a point of fact; for the speaker affirms that the deceased had the right to adopt a son, and then deals with the point of fact, saying, “It was not under the influence of a woman that he adopted me.”

1 This is incorrect; there was only one brother, whose son was also apparently associated with him in the case.

2 Isaeus 1

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