). Of this action Lexic. Seguer.
says that it was preferred against persons suspected of having been
supposititious children; and that if this fact was established at the trial,
they were reduced to slavery. Even supposing with Meier (de Bon.
p. 29) that this action was preferred only when the
children thus substituted were not of civic extraction, the punishment seems
unnaturally severe; hence Thonissen (Droit pénal,
p. 343) doubts the correctness of the grammarian's information. Midias was
said to be a supposititious child (Dem. c. Mid.
§ § 15, 36) hints that Phile
belonged to the same class; cf. Aristoph.
, and Dio
Chrys. 15.8, p. 237, ὅτι αἱ μὲν ἐλεύθεραι
γυναῖκες ὑποβάλλονται πολλάκις δι᾽ ἀπαιδίαν, ὅταν υὴ δύνωνται
etc. (Platner, Proc. u.
ii. p. 72; Att. Process,
ed. Lipsius, p. 441