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οὔτε . . τε—a common idiom (cf. neque . . que or et), by which emphasis is thrown on the second clause. τά τε ἄλλα . . ἐφύλασσον—‘and besides (τὰ ἄλλα, adverbial) having protected with rapidly constructed defences all round the half-finished (works) of the walls and docks they guarded them.’ This is the best way of taking this puzzling sentence. None of the changes in the text that have been proposed is an improvement. περί is an adverb = πέριξ, as in Homer (Wilamowitz on Eur. HF. 1035).
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