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§ 17. What is the hardest thing to bear is this, that he is getting bottomry interest for our money, while we can get none out of him; and that too though his transactions are not for Athens, but for Egypt and Rhodes (i.e. for the trade between those marts).

καὶ πάντων ἐστὶ δεινότατον. ὅτι Cf. Or. 55 § 20 καὶ πάντων ἐστὶ δεινότατον, εἰ κ.τ.λ. Isocr. Paneg. § 128 n. Madvig, Gr. Synt. § 107. S.]

ναυτικοὺς τόκους This was larger than other kinds of interest, probably. Thus, in Or. 34 § 23, it is 600 drachms on 2000, while ibid. § 25, the interest according to a landmortgage is 560 on 3360, or ἔφεκτος, while in Or. 50 § 17, the ναυτικὸς τόκος is ἐπόγδοος.

οὐκ οἴεται δεῖν ‘He thinks he is not bound.’ In this formula, as in οὐ φημὶ &c, the infinitive is virtually negatived. See § 47. Thuc. I 33 § 3 τὸν δὲ πόλεμον...εἴ τις ὑμῶν μὴ οἴεται ἔσεσθαι, ‘if any of you think the war will not take place,’ &c.—τὴν πρόκλησιν, see Or. 39, Argum.

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