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[24] I propose to put him up on the dais and question him, gentlemen of the jury. For my feeling is this: even to discuss this man with another for his profit I consider to be an impiety, but even to address this man himself, when it is for his hurt,1 I regard as a holy and pious action. So mount the dais, please, and answer the questions I put to you.

1 There was risk of pollution in addressing an unpurified murderer; cf. Aesch. Eum. 448; Eur. Orest. 75.

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