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᾿Επέκειτο—instabat; cf. c. 59, 1. ὅσονπερ καὶ— like ὥσπερ καί, the καὶ merely making the two things parallel. ἀκμάζοι—iterative, in a rel. clause. Cf. VII. 70, 5 ὅσον χρόνον προσφέροιτο ναῦς. M. T. 521. ὥστε—the result is in the partic. ἔτι ἔχοντες, not in διεφθείροντο: this inversion of partic. and verb is very common. οἱ πλεῖστοι—belongs only to διεφθείροντο, a new subject οἱ πολλοὶ (most of the minority who did not die on the 7th or 9th day) being inserted in the next clause. καὶ ἑβδομαῖοι—the main emphasis is on this, the second member, as constantly in Greek. ὑπὸ τοῦ καύματος—c. 47, 4. τι δυνάμεως—cf. I. 5, 1 τι καὶ δόξης, III. 44, 2 ἐχοντάς τι ξυγγνώμης. διαφύγοιεν—‘pulled through.’ ἐπικατιόντος—fourth stage, only reached by comparatively few, marked by ulceration of the bowels, after the internal fever had abated; then followed violent dysentery, leaving the patient so weak that he generally died. ἀπεφθείροντο —poetical word. See not. crit.
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