τὸν νόμον καὶ τὰς μαρτυρίας The context does not show what law or what depositions are referred to: possibly another νόμος of the same general purport as that recited before § 25 (ὧν μὴ εἶναι δίκας) and further evidence to facts or to the defendant's character (ἄξιον ὄντα, § 61).

οὐκ οἶδ᾽ . .... εἰρημένων The same sentence verbatim is found at the close of Or. 20 (Lept.), 38 (Nausimach.), and 54 (Conon); and also at the end of the 7th and 8th speeches of Isaeus.

τι δεῖ Not ‘what I should say further’ (which would require πλέον), but ‘why I should say any more,’ ‘what need there is for my saying any more.’ Similarly in 41 § 25, ἡγοῦμαι μὲν οὐδὲν ἔτι δεῖν πλείω λέγειν, we must be careful to take οὐδὲν before δεῖν and not after λέγειν.

ἐξέρα τὸ ὕδωρ ‘Pour out the water.’ See Midias, § 129. The only other passage where the phrase is found is at the end of Or. 38, where the whole of this short epilogue recurs. (Elsewhere, we have ἐξερᾶν τας ψήφους, Ar. Vesp. 993, and τοὺς λίθους, Ach. 341, on which see Wyse on Isaeus 5 § 17.)

The speaker having concluded his speech within the legal limits of time measured by the κλεψύδρα, pointedly calls on the attendant to empty the ‘waterclock’ (54 § 36). The court is thus reminded that the speaker has spared them a longer speech, and the defendant gets the credit of having so good a cause that the orator does not find it necessary to avail himself of the full time at his disposal.

The result of Phormion's plea is thus stated by Apollodorus Or. 45 § 6 οὕτω διέθηκε τοὺς δικαστὰς ὥστε φωνὴν μηδ᾽ ἡντινοῦν ἐθέλειν ἀκούειν ἡμῶν: προσοφλὼν δὲ τὴν ἐπωβελίαν καὶ οὐδὲ λόγου τυχεῖν ἀξιωθείς, ἀλλ᾽ ὑβρισθεὶς ὡς οὐκ οἶδ᾽ εἴ τις πώποτε ἄλλος ἀνθρώπων, ἀπῄειν βαρέως, ἄνδρες Ἀθηυαῖοι, καὶ χαλεπῶς φέρων.

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