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ὅσον—quatenus, ‘so far as.’ ἐς τὴν ἀρχήν ‘with a view to their empire.’ (I see no reason whatever for rejecting these words, as Kruger and Steup do. They give the true object of the Athenian policy, and the mention of ἀρχή is appropriate enough in the presence of those who so strongly disliked it; cf. I. 75, with II. 8.） γνώμης μᾶλλον ἐφόδῳ ἢ ἰσχύος—‘by means of policy and not of force.’ τὰ πράγματα . . καταληπτά—‘they might make themselves masters of the situation.’
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