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περίεργος ‘Meddlesome,’ ‘fussy.’ The περὶ has the sense that it bears in περισσὸς, περιγενέσθαι, περιεῖναι, περιούσιος, of ‘superfluity’; but it is not easy to explain it.

νῦν δὲ ‘But as it is, the case stands thus. He brought a suit against my father, and after getting up a gang of informers on his side—Mnesicles, whom I dare say you all know well enough, and Menecles, the wretch who got the poor girl Ninus convicted, and some others of that sort—he went into court, declaring he was Mantias' son by the daughter of Pamphilus, and that he was being shamefully treated, and robbed of his rights as a citizen.’ Of the conviction of Ninus, probably by ψευδομαρτυρία, little certain is known; but it was evidently regarded as a public scandal. We should expect Νινὼν, or Νινὼ, as Νῖνος is a strange form for a woman's name. Allusion is made to this person, who was a priestess, in 19 § 281, where the schol. says she was put to death, ὡς φίλτρα ποιούσης τοῖς νέοις. [Dionys. Halic. Deinarchus 11 Μενεκλῆς τὴν ἱέρειαν Νίνον (sic) ἑλών. Cf. Josephus adv. Apion. II 37 § 4 νῦν μὲν γάρ τινα ἱέρειαν ἀπεκτειναν, ἐπεί τις αὐτῆς κατηγόρησεν, ὅτι ξένους ἐμύει θεούς, which is supposed to refer either to Ninus (Foucart, Des Associations religieuses chez les Grecs, 1873 p. 132), or to Theoris (Plutarch, Dem. 14). Like Πλαγγών, the name probably means ‘Dolly.’ Cf. Νάνα, Νάννιον, Ναννώ (in Pape-Benseler's griech. Eigennamen). S.]

ἐργαστήριον See Or. 37, Argum., and ibid. § 39 περιστήσας τοὺς μεθ᾽ ἑαυτοῦ, τὸ ἐργαστήριον τῶν συνεστώτων. In the parallel passage of Or. 40 § 9 we have παρασκευασάμενος ἐργαστήριον συκοφαντῶν. For ἐκεῖνον, ‘that notorious man,’ comp. Or. 35 § 6 Διοφάντου ἐκείνου τοῦ Σφηττίου. In Or. 40 § 32, it is Menecles who is charged with being the real author of the whole plot.—υἱὸς εἶναι, i.e. the son of Mantias, and not of some other man, as Mantias wished him to be thought.

ἐκ τῆς Παμφίλου θυγατρός Or. 40 § 20 Παμφίλου...ὃς ἦν πατὴρ τῆς Πλαγγόνος.

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