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πόλιν τε—‘and (further developing the previous idea) we must consider that it is a city among an alien and hostile population that our men are setting out to found.’ The warning that in setting out to make new conquests one runs the risk of losing what he has already in case of failure, is common in Thuc. To

ἰέναι supply τούτους.

κατάσχωσιν—sc. τὰς ναῦς: appulerint.

κρατεῖν τῆς γῆς—explains τῶν μὲν κρατεῖν above, while πάντα πολέμια ἕξουσιν is a rcason for saying μόλις οἷοι τ᾽ ἐσόμεθα τὰ δὲ διασῶσαι.

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