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Διὰ φυλακῆς ἔ.—cf. c. 13, 2, but here ἔχειν is intrans., as in VII. 8, 3. ἀξιούμενοι—‘considered,’ οὔτ᾽ ἐπέσχον —sc. τὸν νοῦν, ‘had no intention.’ This description is slightly sarcastic. τὸ στρατόπεδον—i.e. the camp which they had arranged to form, 2 above. καταλαβεῖν—‘occupy,’ establish themselves in, as III. 31 τῶν πόλεων καταλαβεῖν τινα. (According to Behrendt's conjecture, the sense would be ‘did not pause in their effort to occupy Stratus before the Greeks’; τὸ belonging to the infin., cf. VII. 33, 3 ἐπέσχον τὸ εὐθέως ἐπιχειρεῖν.) αὐτοβοεὶ—noted by Marcellinus as ἀρχαιότερον τῶν κατ᾽ αὐτὸν χρόνων. Cf. c. 77, 3 φακέλους.
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