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ἔπραξαν—of manipulation or diplomacy, as often. Cf. c. 5, 7. An abuse of the meaning ‘to succeed.’

ἔσοιτο —was certain. Cf. c. 13, 1.

ἔτι ἐν εἰρήνῃ—cf. III. 13 ἔτι ἐν τῇ εἰρήνῃ, and c. 5, 4. Here τε καὶ joins a positive to a negative expression which merely repeats it from another point of view. Cf. v. 9, 2 τῷ τε κατ᾽ ὀλίγον καὶ μὴ ἄπαντας κινδυνεύειν.

μήπω—the sentence expresses a wish.

καὶ ρᾷον—cf. καὶ μᾶλλον I. 11, 25; III. 13; IV. 1, 103. καὶ before a comparative adverb emphasizes an inference.

ἔλαθον ἐσελθόντες—see M. T. 144, 146, 887.

προκαθεστηκυίας —Pp. compares anteponere vigilias, Tac. An. I. 50.

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