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εἰ . . πεπόνθασι is the ἐπερώτημα.

τὸν ἄλλον χρόνον—‘all along.’

δῆθεν—always ironical, signifying that this is not the true reason.

μετὰ τὸν Μῆδον—usually μετὰ τὰ Μηδικά.

καὶ (


ὅτε . . οὐκ ἐδέξαντο—it is impossible to make grammar of the sentence with ὅτε . . . . ὡς in. Each word has been altered: the removal of seems most likely; ‘and particularly, when afterwards the offer that they made of remaining neutral according to that convention was refused.’

ἡγούμενοι—this gives the reason for νομιζοντες . . ἐδέξαντο.

τῇ . . βουλήσει—‘by their own just intention,’ i.e. they had tried their best to conform to the σπονδαί: it was the fault of the Plat. that the Lac. have fair grounds for regarding the σπονδαί at an end.

τὸ αὐτό—obj. of ἐρωτῶντες, so that παραγαγόντες καί breaks the constr.; cf. Soph Antig. 1279 τὰ δ᾽ ἐν δόμοις | ἔοικας ἤκειν καὶ τάχ᾽ ὄψεσθαι κακά, where τὰ δ᾽ ἐν δ. is governed by ὅψεσθαι.

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