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ἐκάθηραν—doubtless in gratitude for the cessation of the plague. The oracle perhaps gave directions how the plague might be kept away. It has been pointed out that Nicias had much to do with this ceremony of purification. His great interest in the event and his benefactions to Delos are known from Plutarch.

δή—explanatory. The “purification” by Pisistratus is noticed by Herodotus (I. 64).

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