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Ἐπεβίω—‘lived beyond’ the beginning of the war. δ. ἔτη καὶ μ. ἓξ—Intr. p. xvii. ἐγνώσθη—here follows a defence of Pericles' war policy. The proofs offered of his wisdom are (1) the reversal of his policy led to disaster, (2) in spite of that reversal, Athens held out against great odds until ruined by internal dissensions. This may prove that his policy was good, but Thuc. goes too far in 13 when he implies that Athens would certainly have succeeded if Pericles' advice had been followed. ἡ πρόνοια ἐς—cf. c. 64, 6, and for the order, c. 52, 1.
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