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[4] Nay, for two years now he has been using our money for his profit, keeping the loan and the trade and the ship that was mortgaged to us, and notwithstanding this he has come into your court, intending plainly to get us fined with the sixth part of the damages,1 and to put us in prison,2 besides robbing us of our money. We therefore, men of Athens, beg and implore you one and all to come to our aid, if you find that we are being wronged. But first I want to explain to you how the loan was contracted; for thus it will be easiest for you also to follow the case.

1 For this fine, the ἐπωβελία, imposed upon the plaintiff, he failed to obtain a fifth of the votes, see note on p. 50 of vol. 1.

2 Properly the “lodging.” The same euphemism occurs in Dem. 32.29.

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