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ἐφύβριζον=μεθ̓ ὕβρεως ἠρώτων.

εἰ . . —‘whether . . or,’ and

μᾶλλον=‘by prefcrence.’

σφίσιν=the Syraeusans, who are contrasted with the Leontines. It is possible that Plutarch read ξυνηκήσοντες αυ:τοῖς μᾶλλον, as he has εἰ Καταναίοις συνοικήσοντες Λεοντίνους κατοικιοῦντες ἥκουσι.

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