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[19] The cause and manner of it I will set forth in the fewest possible words. He had a freed-woman, gentlemen, who managed a tenement-house of his at the Peiraeus and kept prostitutes. As one of these she acquired a woman of the name of Alce, whom I think many of you know. This Alce, after her purchase, lived the life of a prostitute1 for many years but gave it up when she became too old.

1 καθήστο ἐν οἰκήματι = in cella meretricia sedebat, a technical term that refers to the activities of a working prostitute (see Wyse ad loc. in The Speeches of Isaeus, Cambridge, 1904).

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