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Προαστείου—that part of the Cerameieus which was outside the gates was used as a cemetery. It was to Athens what the Appian Way was to Rome. It was just outside the Dipylon, the chief and double gateway of Athens. Probably it means ‘the potters' quarter,’ the Athenian potteries being famous. Cf. the potters' field in St. Matthew, XXVII. 7, whieh was bought ‘to bury strangers in.’ πλὴν—see c. 21, 2. ἐν Μαραθῶνι—see not. crit. Some critics, while admitting ἐν Σαλαμῖνι, deny that ἐν can be used with Μαραθῶνι, and no case where the metre requires ἐν before Μαραθῶνι is found. The names of the sites of famous battles are used elliptically. αὐτοῦ—on the battle-field. καὶ—as well as burning the bodies. τάφον ἐποίησαν—‘made them their grave.’ The mound raised over it still exists, as also the remains of the trophy of victory set up in 490 B.C.
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