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τὸν πρῶτον πατάξαντα ‘I was pointing out the defendant, to all who came to see me, as the man who struck the first blow.’ In a case of assault, the question who struck the first blow would be, of course, important. Or. 47 § 40 βούλομαι τοὺς μάρτυρας παρασχέσθαι οἳ εἶδόν με πρότερον πληγέντα. ἡ δ᾽ αἰκεία τοῦτ᾽ ἔστιν, δς ἂν ἄρξη χειρῶν ἀδίκων πρότερος. Cf. Or. 23 § 50, Isocr. Or. 20 § 1, Lysias, Or. 4 § 11. ἕχων μάρτυρας πολλοὺς To give full and legal attestation to the πρόκλησις. So also in Or. 45 § 61, and elsewhere, a πρόκλησις is attested by a μαρτυρία. ἐξ Ἀρείου πάγου τινὰς as special witnesses. § 25 εί παθεῖν τί μοι συνέβη, φόνου ..ἃν ἦν ὑπόδικος. The speaker implies that, had death ensued, Conon would have been liable to a charge of φόνος ἐκ προνοίας. On the jurisdiction of the Areopagus in cases of homicide, see especially §§ 65—70 of the speech against Aristocrates, Or. 23.
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