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§ 35. The very nature of the offer itself is unprecedented: they are willing to repay the loan because the ship arrived safe, but will not pay the interest because she did not (i.e. reach Athens). But the bond makes no such distinction be- tween the principal and the interest.

τὸ δάνειον Perhaps τοῦ δανείου, which will be the genitive after both τὸ ἀρχαῖον and τοὺς τόκους. So below it is probable that τοῦ ἀρχαίου τοῦ δανείσματος is the true reading, and that in § 37 δάνειον should be omitted after ἀρχαῖον. G. H. Schaefer would omit τὸ ἀρχαῖονἀρχαίουἀρχαῖον. Mr Mayor (p. 252) has no difficulty in rendering the vulgate ‘the original debt.’ Possibly δάνειον in § 37 crept in from a gloss.

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