Dēmos · Classical Athenian Democracy · a Stoa Publication
→ § 46 (Dem. 52).
Craig Gibson, trans., edition of April 30, 2003
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(1) A certain Heracleote named Lycon used Pasion’s bank. When he was about to sail off to Libya, this man left money with Pasion, and one of two things happened. According to what Pasion said when he was still alive and what Apollodorus says now, Lycon instructed Pasion to pay the money to Cephisiades. But according to Callippus, Lycon freely gave the money to him, as he was both his friend and a proxenos of all the Heracleotes. (2) When Lycon died, the money was paid to Cephisiades. According to Apollodorus, since it was impossible for Callippus to persuade Pasion to join him in ganging up on the foreigner, Callippus attacked Pasion himself by bringing a suit against him for damages and turned the matter over to Lysitheides, who failed to pronounce a decision while Pasion was still alive. But when Pasion died, Callippus immediately brought a suit against Apollodorus for the money and asked that the case be handed over to Lysitheides again. (3) Apollodorus accepted the arbitrator, but he took Lysitheides before the archon in accordance with the laws, so that (as he says) Lysitheides would have to swear an oath before pronouncing his decision and would be unable to arbitrate the case without doing so (and thereby serving Callippus’ interests). But Lysitheides gave a decision without swearing an oath, and the decision went against Apollodorus. So Apollodorus appeals the decision and takes him to court.
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