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They put their students’ money in escrow with people they have never taught; while they’re planning prudently for their own security, they’re doing the opposite of what they profess. It’s allowable for those who educate in other subjects to be overly exacting on points of disagreement, since nothing prevents those who are skilled in other matters from being dishonest concerning the contract. 59 Haggling 19 The practice Isocrates describes—the pupil pays before the training, but the fee is held in escrow until it’s complete—would seem designed to mitigate the problem of trust entailed in the timing of the payment.
30 A medimnos was a measure of volume—abstract because its capacity was independent of the situations in which the grain (or any other commodity) was handled. It was not a container, and it often designated amounts that had not actually been measured. As a standardized measure, the medimnos’s primary virtue was abstractness rather than precision. A phormos, on the other hand, was a speciﬁc, contextualized unit: phormoi were containers (probably sacks) used for shipping and storing produce, especially grain.
In mime 3 a mother has her slave whip her son “until [as she says] his worthless spirit is left barely on his lips” (lines 3–4), and in mime 5 a woman has her slave (and lover) bound and threatened with torture and tattooing, until she relents. In both, Herodas shows the victim crying and cowering at length. Kerdon, the seller in mime 7, is neither a minor nor a slave, and cannot be physically abused. Instead, Metro uses the conventions of haggling to berate and humiliate him. 112 They converse at length through the conventions of haggling.