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[18] For an example of this type will be found in the same speech1: “And it is therefore, gentlemen of' the jury, that men of the greatest learning have [p. 283] recorded in their fictitious narratives that one who had killed his mother to avenge his father was acquitted, when the opinion of men was divided as to his guilt, not merely by the decision of a deity, but by the vote of the wisest of goddesses.”

1 ib. iii. 8. The allusion is to Orestes, acquitted when tried before the Areopagus at Athens by the casting vote of Pallas Athene.

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