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ἀπαράσκευοι qualifies πολεμεῖν, and is therefore co-ordinate with ἐξαίφνης: cf. e.g. I. 39 προύχοντα καὶ ἐκ τοῦ ἀσφαλοῦς, and c. 13, 2 θᾶσσον γεγένηται καὶ ἀπαράσκευος. ἔκπλουν τινα—for the use of τις cf. II. 22 ἱππομαχία τις βράχεια ἐγένετο. ναυμαχίαν—both dat. and accus. seem to occur with ὡς ἐπί of intention; but the MSS. often vary, as here. πρὸ τοῦ λιμένος—i.e. that harbour which was used by the fleet (cc. 3, 6; 6, 1), in which their ships had lam. (Steup's suggestion that τοῦ ἑτέρου λ. should be read is unnecessary.) Presently they were driven back into this same harbour. The northern harbour is meant. See Introd. P. xiv. ὀλίγον is accus. of space (cf. 104, 2); of time II. 8 ὀλίγον πρὸ τούτων. τὸ παραυτίκα . . ἀποπέμψασθαι—‘get the ships withdrawn for the time being,’ i.e. in order to gain time.
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