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§ 44. Do not then let these men rest secure in the confidence that they can keep other men's property, if they can get a verdict in their favour, or if not, that at least they will not be fined. Fine them, we say; for it is not reasonable that you should be more lenient to them than they were to themselves when they consented to the penalty.

ἐπὶ δυοῖν ἀγκύραιν When a ship came to the shore, she had her stern to the land, where it was fastened by the πρυμνήσιον, and her head to the sea. An anchor, or, in case of rough weather, two anchors from the bows, held her in that position. To ride on one anchor was considered rather insecure. Hence, Helena says in Eur. Hel. 277 ἄγκυρα δ᾽ μου τὰς τύχας ὤχει μόνη, and Hecuba in the play of that name (80), ὃς μόνος οἴκων ἄγκυρ᾽ ἔτ̓ ἐμῶν κ.τ.λ. Hence too we see the precise point in Pind. Ol. VI 100 ἀγαθαὶ δὲ πέλοντ᾽ ἐν χειμερίᾳ νυκτὶ θοᾶς ἐκ ναὸς ἀπεσκίμφθαι δὔ ἄγκυραι, which is incorrectly explained in Dr Donaldson's note. [De Cor. § 281 οὐκ ἐπὶ τῆς αὐτῆς (sc. ἀγκύρας) ὁρμεῖ τοῖς πολλοῖς. Apostolius, centuria VII 61 in the Paroemiographi Graeci II 412 ἐπἰ δυοῖν ὁρμεῖ: δηλονότι ἀγκύραιν: λέγεται ἐπὶ τῶν ἀστεμφῶς ἐχόντων. Aristides, Panath. 110 καὶ πάντες ἐπὶ δυοῖν ὁρμεῖν ἔδοξαν οἰ Ἕλληνες, where the Scholiast observes εἴρηται ἐκ μεταφορᾶς τῶν πλεόντων, ὅταν δυσὶν ἀγκύραις ὁρμίζωνται ὅταν ἐλλιμενίσωσι μὲν, προσχρῶνται δὲ καὶ ἀγκύρᾳ διὰ πλείστην ἀσφάλειαν. Propert. II 22, 41 ‘nam melius duo defendunt retinacula navim.’ S.]

ἐξαπατῆσαι A petitio principri, like παρακρούσασθαι in § 18.

αὐτὰ τὰ ὀφειλόμεναMerely the debt owed,’ without the ἐπιτίμιον.

οὐχ ἦττον ἡμῶν Because the taking corn to Rhodes against the laws was a public offence.

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