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δίκας δεδωκώς ‘Though I had given them satisfaction on all matters (plural) in which they made any claim, except indeed some trifling ones which they have wrongfully made the grounds of a cross-suit (or counter-suit) on account of this action,’ i.e. that they may seem to be claimants themselves instead of defendants. The disputes had been referred to arbitration before Solon and another, inf. § 16.—ἕνεκα τῆς δίκης, i.e. for the mere purpose of getting up a claim against my demand for the dowry.

οὐ δυνάμενος Referring to δικάζομαι. ‘I have been unable for eleven years to obtain from them fair treatment (or, a fair settlement of my claims), and so at last I have recourse to you.’

τῶν μετρίων ‘My just and reasonable demands.’—ἕνδεκα ἔτεσιν, cf. § 18.

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