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Ἐκράτουν ... διέφθειραν—‘were successful and had disabled.’

φθάνουσιν ... προκαταφυγοῦσαι—aor. partic. here coincident in time with the historic pres. Cf. c. 2, 3 ἔλαθον ἐσελθόντες. αὐτοὺς— = τοὺς ἐν ταῖς ναυσί. ἴσχουσαι— ‘riding at anchor.’

κατὰ—shows the point of the coast. ἴσχω also takes ἐς or dat. παρεσκευάζοντο ἀμυνούμενοιὡς omitted, as in c. 18, 1. al.

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