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ἀντιπάλων—‘equally matched’ (here, in argument), a common meaning of ἀντίπαλος in Thuc.

ἦλθον μὲν ἐς ἀγῶνα ὅμως τῆς δόξης—‘engaged in a conflict of opinion after all,’ i.e. in spite of the revulsion of feeling (c. 36). ὅμως, as Poppo pointed out (Proleg. i. p. 290) implies a clause which is omitted; and, in spite of the remoteness of reference, the interpretation seems warranted by such passages as c. 28, and VII. 1. Some render τῆς δόξης ‘about the decree,’ but the gen. should express the feeling, as in νῦν ἀγὼν εὐψυχίας Eur. Med. 403, and βούλευμα or ψήφισμα would be expected for ‘decree’ here.

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