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τὸ μὲν δεκάπλεθρον προτείχισμα—this outwork, 1000 feet long, is probably a curving wall in front of the portion of the κύκλος that faced towards the city. It may also have run in front of the short piece of wall that joined the κύκλος to the κρημνός (see c. 101, 1 n.), the effect of which arrangement would be that ultimately all the lines from the κύκλος to the Great Harbour, including the κύκλος itself, were double. The προτείχισμα was probably rebuilt afterwards. (Conradt thinks that the προτείχισμα is a fort at the north end of the line of circumvallation; but what could be the object of a fort there, when the A. were occupied in building at the north and meant to continue to Trogilus?) διεκώλυσεν—sc. ἑλεῖν καὶ διαπορθῆσαι. Nicias had only the soldiers' servants with him.
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