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What reply does he mean to make to me? He was fully aware that once the slaves were examined under torture his mother was doomed; and he thought that her life depended upon the avoiding of such an examination, as he and his companions imagined that the truth would in that event be lost to sight. How, then, is he going to remain true to his oath as defendant,1 if he claims to be in full possession of the facts after refusing to make certain of them by accepting my offer of a perfectly impartial investigation of the matter by torture?

1 A curiously loose expression. The oath taken by both parties in cases of murder was always a διωμοσία, (cf. Antiph. 1.28), never as here, an ἀντωμοσία

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