(First slave) ‘My master, as he took, retook.’2 Unless, indeed, this, too, was a jest of Antiphanes upon the speech of Demosthenes concerning Halonnesus,3 in which the orator counselled the Athenians not to take the island from Philip, but to retake it.
(Second slave (?)) ‘Demosthenes would have been delighted to take over this phrase.’
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1 Kock, op.cit., iii. p. 461.
2 Kock, op. cit., ii. p. 80. A verse precedes which may be translated: ‘My master on receiving all his patrimony,’ and the point apparently is that the heir took what was a gift as his rightful due.
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