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ἐπῆλθεν—cf. Aeschin. 2, 62 ἐπῄει χρόνος.

ἔξω—outside the gates, i.e. in the (afterwards) outer Cerameicus, outside the Thriasian gate, later Dipylon, or double gateway through which the Sacred Way passed. At a later time the Pompeium, a building in which the things used in the Panathenaic procession were kept, stood just inside the gate. There seems to be no distinction between ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ Cerameicus before the walls of Themistocles were built. Thuc. describes Hippias as marshalling the procession outside; the conspirators rush inside and kill Hipparchus. The Ath. Pol, however, says that Hippias was waiting to receive the procession on the Acropolis. Thuc. in 1, 21 says that Hipparchus was marshalling the procession when he was killed, and with that account the Ath. Pol. agrees. The route of the procession was from the gate through the inner Cerameicus to the temple of Athena Polias.

ἕκαστα—‘the details.’


τῶν ξυνωμοτῶν σφίσι=τῶν ξυνομοσάντων ς.

διαλεγόμενον οἰκείως—Ath. Pol. l.c. φιλανθρὠπως ἐντυγχἁνοντα.


ὥσπερ εἶχον—‘forthwith’: several times in Thuc.; but later Attics use οὕτως Stein reads <τὰ> πάντα ἐκιν.

ὥρμησαν—the proper use of the act. of this word, ‘to rush.’

παρὰ τὸ Λεωκόριον—a verb of motion is not necessary with παρά in this use. It denotes what one sees when one goes past a place. The use is not common, but well established. τὸ Λεωκόριονἐν μέσῳ τῷ Κεραμεικῷ (Harpocration). The story was that the three daughters of King Leos were sacrificed to avert famine from Athens. The chapel is connected with the worship of A pollo as god of purification.

ὡς ἄν—sc. προσπέσοιεν.

ἔτυπτον καὶ ἀποκτείνουσιν—the historic pres. is often combined with imperfect. <ἐς>τὸ αὐτίκα Stem.


οὐ ῥᾳδίως διετέθη—a characteristic instance of the manner of Thuc., who never dwells on the details of outrages. In Ath. Pol. the story of Aristogeiton's torture and stabbing by Hippias is given at length. Thuc. says only ‘he was harshly treated.’

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