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Προσήκει οὐδέν—at a time when Athens was trying to form a conneetion with Thrace, it was natural that people should try to eonneet Athenian history with Thraeian.

τὸ ἔργον—a hint at the murder of Itys by Procne and Philomela. Ovid, Met. VI. 620. For the attitude of Thuc. towards these myths, see Grote I. p. 389.

πολλοῖς—the ordinary prose rule for the agent with perf. pass, which Thuc. generally follows, is that the dat. is used when the subject is nonpersonal: when the subject is a person, ὑπὸ and gen. is invariably used.

ἐν ἀηδόνος μνήμῃ—‘in referenees to the nightingale.’

εἰκὸς δὲ—for this argument cf. c. 11, 8. It was used only by orators and historians: philosophers laughed at it.

κῆδος—an Ionie word for ‘a connexion by marriage,’ found in Herod., Tragedy and late writers.

διὰ τοσούτου— ‘at so short a distance.’ Cf. c. 12, 1.

πολλῶν ἡμερῶν— depends on ὁδοῦ, see c. 13, 7.

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