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[3] Trials for deliberate murder and wounding are held in the Areopagus, and for causing death by poison, and for arson; for these only are tried by the Council, whereas involuntary homicide and plotting to murder, and murder of a slave or resident alien or foreigner, come before the court at the Palladium1; and one who admits homicide but declares it to have been legal (for instance when he has killed a man taken in adultery), or who in war has killed a fellow-citizen in ignorance, or in an athletic contest, is tried at the Delphinium; but if, when a man has taken refuge in exile after an offence that admits of satisfaction, he is charged with homicide or wounding, he is tried at the Precinct of Phreatus,2 and delivers his defence from a ship anchored near the shore.

1 This shrine and the Delphinium were probably S.E. of the Acropolis.

2 Near the harbor of Zea; doubtless the eponymous hero was fictitious, the place being really named from a well, φρέαρ. If the defendant had landed he would have been arrested for his former offence

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