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βοή—‘an alarm.’

ἐπὶ τὸ τεῖχος—the garrison troops came out and made for their posts at the wall. See Introd. p. xviii.

τι ἦν—contrast v. 54 ῃδει δὲ οὐδεὶς ὅποι στρατεύουσιν. Goodwin, MT. § 674 3

καὶ ἅμα . . προσέβαλον—this gives another reason why they did not know τι ἦν τὸ δεινόν: hence strictly we should have καὶ ὅτι οἱ κτλ.: cf I. 110 τοῦτον δὲ διὰ μέγεθός τε τοῦ ἕλους οὐκ ἐδύναντο ἑλεῖν, καὶ ἅμα μαχιμώτατοί εἰσι τῶν Αἰγυπτίων οἱ ἕλειοι.

τῶν Πλαταιῶν—partitive gen., which Thuc., differing from other authors, often puts between an art. and partic., as I. 9 οἱ τὰ σαφέστατα Πελοποννησίων δεδεγμένοι, ib. 48 ταῖς ἄριστα τῶν νεῶν πλεούσαις, and below, c. 36, 5.

ἐκ τοὔμπαλιν —cf. τοὐναντίον , which generally shows a variant reading . In Xen. Anab. III. 5, 13 εἰς τοὔμπαλιν πρὸς Βαβυλῶνα is probably incorrect, but the text shows the idiom.

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