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‘And again, justice cannot be perverted (have its nature altered) by fraud or compulsion like a contract, because it is natural (constancy and uniformity are characteristic of nature); whereas contracts are undertaken, entered into, under the influence of deceit (under false pretences) and compulsion.’ The two genitives in construction follow συνθῆκαι, ‘contracts of men deceived are made’.

οἰκείοις ἀλλοτρίοις] ‘domestic or foreign’.

τὸ συμφέρον] In arguing against the validity of a contract, you may take into account the consequences of carrying its provisions into effect, so far as they affect the judges, whose ‘interest’ or ‘advantage’ (or the reverse) may be involved in them: when these results happen to be adverse to the judges' interest, arguments from this source may be employed to invalidate the contract; ‘and all other topics of the same kind, (may be used) (which need not be enumerated) because they are equally easy to observe (with the preceding)’, too clear to need enumeration.

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