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[hypothesis] Philoctemon, a son of Euctemon, adopted Chaerestratus, the son of one of his two sisters and of Phanostratus, in a will which was deposited with Chaereas, the husband of the other sister, and died during his father's lifetime. When the latter also died, Chaerestratus claimed possession in accordance with the law. When Androcles lodged a protestation that the estate was not adjudicable because Euctemon had a legitimate son, namely, Antidorus,1 Chaerestratus and his supporters impugned the protestation, declaring that both Antidorus and his sister2 were illegitimate and that the law ordains that an illegitimate son or daughter cannot inherit as next-of-kin. The discussion turns on questions of fact; for it is uncertain whether Philoctemon adopted Chaerestratus as his son, and further, whether Antidorus and the other child are legitimate.

1 This is a mistake. Antidorus was the name of one of the guardians (Isaeus 6.39, Isaeus 6.47). The names of the two alleged sons are not stated anywhere in the speech.

2 Another mistake. No sister is mentioned in the speech.

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