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[7] The stakes for the purse-nets should be thirty inches long, but some should be shorter. Those of unequal length are for use on sloping ground, to make the height of the nets equal, while those of the same length are used on the level. These stakes must be so shaped at the top that the nets will pull off readily and they must be smooth.1 The stakes for the road-nets should be twice the length of these, and those for the hayes forty-five inches long. The latter2 should have little forks with shallow grooves, and all should be stout, of a thickness proportioned to the length.

1 The author means, I think, to imply a contrast between the stakes of the purse-nets and those of the other nets. The second αὗται in the text can scarcely be right: possibly καὶ αὗται λεἱαι should be omitted, or αὐταί, “they themselves,” read with Dindorf.

2 Or perhaps he means both sets.

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