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§§ 9, 10. The defendant has also given evidence contrary to another law. Under cover of the testimony of the defendant and his friends, Phormion has virtually given evidence in his own cause, which is illegal; and the law declares that a suit for false testimony shall be maintainable against a person on the ground of his having given evidence contrary to the law.

πρόφασιν λαβὼν τὴν πρόκλησιν In Or. 45 § 19 (which should be compared with the whole of the present sentence) this Challenge is denounced as a παραπέτασμα. So below, προστησάμενος τούτους ‘putting these men forward as an excuse.’ For the favourite antithesis between λόγος and ἔργον, cf. Thucydides passim, and Antiphon, Or. 5 § 5 οὐ γὰρ δίκαιον οὔτε ἔργῳ ἁμαρτόντα διὰ ῥήματα σωθῆναι οὕτε ἔργῳ ὀρθῶς πράξαντα διὰ ῥήματα ἀπολέσθαι: τὸ μὲν γὰρ ῥῆμα τῆς γλώσσης ἁμάρτημά ἐστι τὸ δ᾽ ἔργον τῆς γνώμης. Cf. ib. § 84 and Or. 6 § 47 οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι ἄνθρωποι τοῖς ἔργοις τοὺς λόγους ἐλέγχουσιν, οὗτοι δὲ τοῖς λόγοις τὰ ἔργα ζητοῦσιν ἄπιστα καθιστάναι. See also Blass Att. Ber. I 129{1}, 213{1}=141{2}, 218{2}.

τούτων is redundant after δι᾽ ὧν, that is, μαρτυρούντων might have agreed with ὧν, instead of a new clause introduced with a genitive absolute. [The latter was preferred from its tendency to combine with ὡς. P.]

γραφαῖς...δίκαις See note on Or. 54 § 1.—εὐθύναις, ‘audits,’ ‘examinations on surrendering office,’ as opposed to δοκιμασία, ‘the enquiry preliminary to taking office.’

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