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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume III: Books XII-XV

Book XIII,   pp. 888-978

Page 977

virtue and justice, and who would never attempt nor venture 
on the actions practised by dishonest and unjust men." 
95. And after this again, after he had run through the 
accusation of IAschines, and had explained how he had bor- 
rowed the money, and how he never paid either interest or 
principal, and how, when an action was brought against him, 
he had allowed judgment to go by default, and how a branded 
slave of his had been put forward by him as security; and 
after he had brought a good many more charges of the same 
kind against him, he thus proceeded:-" But, 0 judges, I am 
not the only person to whom he behaves in this manner, but 
he treats every one who has any dealings with him in the same 
manner. Are not even all the wine-sellers who live near him, 
from whom he gets wine for his entertainments and never 
pays for it, bringing actions against him, having already 
closed their shops against him? And his neighbours are ill- 
treated by him to such a degree that they leave their own 
houses, and go and rent others which are at a distance from 
him. And with respect to all the contributions which he 
collects, he never himself puts down the remaining share 
which is due from him, but all the money which ever gets 
into this pedlar's hands is lost as if it were utterly destroyed. 
And- such a number of men come to his house daily at dawn, 
to ask for their money which he owes them, that passers-by 
suppose h3 must be dead, and that such a crowd can only be 
collected to attend his funeral. 
"And those men who live in the Pirzeus have such an opi- 
nion of him, that they think it a far less perilous business to 
sail to the Adriatic than to deal with him; for he thinks that all 
that he can borrow is much more actually his own than what 
his father left him. Has he not got possession of the property 
of Hermreus the perfimer, after having seduced his wife, though 
she was seventy years old? whom he pretended to be in love 
with, and then treated in such a manner that she reduced 
her husband and her sons to beggary, and made him a per- 
fumer instead of a pedlar! in so amorous a manner did he 
handle the damsel, enjoying the fruit of her youth, when it 
would have been less trouble to him to count her teeth than 
the fingers of her hand, they were so much fewer. And 
now come forward, you witnesses, who 'will prove these facts. 
-This, then, is the life of this sophist." 
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