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πάθος—‘this disaster was the worst that . . ’ The number of days is three. The qualifications are very precise, and suggest that Thuc. is conscious that other events might be suggested.

κατὰ τὸν τόλεμον τόνδε—many think that only the Ten Years' (Archidamian) war is meant. It is impossible to attain certainty on the question. If Thuc. wrote this soon after the event, the expression is quite natural.

ἄπιστον—pred. not to γενέσθαι, but to λέγεται γενέσθαι together, i.e. ‘the total that it is said to have amounted to is incredible.’

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