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ἡ δὲ ἐν Ἀρείῳ πάγῳ βουλή: this ancient court derived its name from the sacred hill of Ares (west of the Acropolis, and separated from it only by a narrow and shallow valley), where its sittings were held. It was composed of ex-archons who had ‘clean records,’ as established by the δοκιμασία (official investigation); and it had jurisdiction over cases of intentional homicide, poisoning, and arson. See Schömann, Antiq. of Greece, passim. οὐ μέμφομαι: I have no fault to find. τούτοις: i.e. τοῖς Ἀρειοπαγίταις. For another example of ‘synesis,’ cf. οἳ νέοι after θιάσου ii. 1. 31. See H. 633. ὡς, ὄντων: see on i.1.4.
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