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1 The right of torturing slave witnesses does not seem often to have been exercised, and it is doubtful whether evidence obtained in this way was really very highly rated. No man was bound to submit his slaves for examination, and accusers often demanded them in such a way as to ensure a refusal which gave them an additional argument against the defendant. To strengthen their position they naturally tried, as Lycurgus does here, to impress the jury with the value of such evidence （cf. Isaeus 8.12 etc.）: but Antiphon must be nearer the mark when he points out that a man on the rack would say anything to gratify his torturers （Antiph. 5.32）.
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