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ἐσύστερον ἐπελθοῦσα: since ἐσύστερον always refers to a future event, and Paus. iii. 3. 9, imitating this passage, writes ἥ τε ἐπεισελθοῦσα, read (Stein) ὕστερον ἐπεσελθοῦσα. ἔφεδρον. H. so calls the heir apparent, because he will take the king's place as champion of the state.
οἱ ἔφοροι. As in England, great officers of state are on occasion of a birth summoned to the queen's apartments. For the neglect of this precaution at the time of the birth of the ‘Old Pretender’ cf. Macaulay, Hist. ch. 8. The Spartans had to watch over the purity of the Heracleid race, through whom came their title to their territory.
Δημαρμένου: probably a son of the famous Chilon (i. 59 n.; vi. 65. 2).
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