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τοῖς ἀρίστοισιν is far better here than “τοῖς ἀριστεῦσιν”, in which the idea of rank partly obscures that of personal prowess.

κατασκάψαι: cp. O. C. 1421πάτραν κατασκάψαντι”: ib. 1318 “κατασκαφῇ...δῃώσειν”.


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