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καταλυθήσεσθαι—by establishing themselves in Sicily. μελέτην . . ποιεῖσθαι—it has been pointed out that this is prob. intentional irony on the part of Thuc., who repeats the statements of the war-party of the day. There was an unlimited field for Athenian naval activity round the coasts of Peloponnese without sending fleets to Sicily.
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