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[27] for I have so lived all my life till now that no man either under the oligarchy or under the democracy has ever charged me with any offense, whether of violence or injury,1 nor will any man be found to have sat either as arbitrator2 or as judge upon my actions. For I have schooled myself to avoid giving any offense to others, and, when I have been wronged by others, not to seek revenge in court but to adjust the matter in dispute by conferring with their friends.

1 The distinction between ὕβρις(violence) and ἀδικία(injury) is hardly technical. It seems to be between crimes of personal violence, such as assault, and other offenses against the law in general.

2 Certain issues might be kept out of court by being referred to an arbitrator, either agreed upon by the parties concerned or designated by lot from the public arbitrators provided for by law. See Lipsius, Das attische Recht p. 220 ff.

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