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ἔτι γάρ—about the middle of September in the previous year the Pel. had turned the siege of Plataea into a blockade They had withdrawn the greater part of their army, leaving a garrison to guard half their lines, while the other half was guarded by the Boeotians. τῷ τε σίτῳ ἐπιλείποντι—equivalent to τῇ σιτοδείᾳ. ἐπιλιπόντι all MSS.: other aecounts are not deeisive in favour of the present. τιμωρίας=βοηθείας, as often in Thuc. The Athenians had promised to help Plataea when the siege began, but their hands had since been full owing to the plague, the siege of Potidaea and the revolt of Lesbos. See further, Introd. p. xvi. ἐσηγησαμένων—cf. VI. 99 οὐχ ἥκιστα Ἑρμοκράτους ἐσηγησαμένου. ἀνδρὸς μάντεως—together. ἐστρατήγει—the opinion of a general supported by a μάντις would carry great weight.
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