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ἀκούοντες—the pres. is used because the partic. is influenced by ἐν ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις. There were several meetings of the Ecclesia specially held (ξυγκλητοὶ ἐκκλησίαι) to hear the arguments. Cf. Demosth. 3, 4 πολλῶν δὲ λόγων καὶ θορύβου γιγνομένου παρ᾽ ὑμῖν, ἐψηφίσασθε τριήρεις καθέλκειν. τῶν ξυναγ—Alcibiades and his followers. These gens. are absolute. πρῶτον—before finally deciding. τὰ τοῦ πολέμου . . πρὸς τοὺς Σελινουντίους—unless πόλεμος can be considered as (a) a verbal noun, this order is impossible, because there is (b) no other epithet to πολέμου than πρὸς τοὺς Σελ. Cf. (a) II. 52 ἡ ξυγκομιδὴ (verbal noun) ἐκ τῶν ἀγρῶν: (b) I. 110 τὰ κατὰ τὴν μεγάλην στρατείαν Ἀθηναίων.
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