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[25] Besides all this, my mother is shown to have been first given in marriage to Cleomedon, whose father Cleon, we are told,1 commanded troops among whom were your ancestors, and captured alive a large number of Lacedaemonians in Pylos,2 and won greater renown than any other man in the state; so it was not fitting that the son of that famous man should wed my mother without a dowry, nor is it likely that Menexenus and Bathyllus, who had large fortunes themselves, and who, after Cleomedon's death, received back the dowry, defrauded their own sister; rather, they would themselves have added to her portion, when they gave her in marriage to my father, as they themselves and the others have testified before you.

1 A striking instance of the Greek preference for the spoken rather than the written word.

2 This was in 425 B.C. The account is given in Thuc. 4.3 ff.

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