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[6] But since the witness was convicted and the woman who claimed to be Pyrrhus's legitimate daughter abandoned her pretensions to the estate, it follows by absolute necessity that Nicodemus's evidence has been also condemned; for, having solemnly sworn to the truth of the same proposition, he was a party to the action for perjury which was to decide whether the woman who claimed my uncle's estate was the issue of a legitimate wife or of a mistress. You, too, will realize that this is so when you have heard our affidavit,1 the evidence of Nicodemus, and the protestation which was overruled.

1 The term ἀντωμοσίαwas given to the “counter-oaths” taken by the contending parties at the preliminary hearing in support of their respective declarations.

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