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περὶ τῶν συνθηκῶν] On συνθῆκαι see note on I 1. 9, περὶ τὰ συναλλάγματα. They are contracts, bonds, engagements, agreements of any kind between two or more parties. They are probably intended to include documentary evidence of all kinds, which is expressed by the Latin tabulae of Cicero and Quintilian. See on this head Quint. v 5.

αὐτῷ] ‘for oneself’. Add this to the instances of αὐτοῦ, &c. for αὑτοῦ and the rest, in notes on I 1. 12; I 7. 35; and see the references there given.

‘On the subject of contracts, arguments may be so far employed as to magnify or reduce (pull down, met. extenuate, depreciate, disparage (their value and importance), or (in other words) confirm or destroy their credit (or trustworthiness); if we have them (to produce) (χρῆσίς ἐστι ποιεῖν) we must argue for their credit and validity (κυρίας, their authoritative character); in the case of (if they apply to, are on the side of) the opposite party, the reverse’.

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