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τὸ ἱερόν—Plutarch says that the A. army was anxious to seize the spoils of the temple, and that Nieias prevented the sacrilege, and purposely permitted the Syr. to occupy the Olympieum. ξυγκομίσαντες—to burn them. νεκροὺς συγκομίζειν is the regular phrase for preparing the dead. ἐπὶ πυρὰν ἐπιθέντες—it was the custom to burn the bodies on the field of battle, then to collect the bones and send them to Athens to be buried in the outer Cerameicus. In the case of Marathon, however, the bones were buried on the field of battle, this being regarded as a special honour. It is noticeable that Thuc. in describing this first battle of the expedition puts down the occurrences—such as the preliminary sacrifices and the details of burial—that are a part of all battles. αὐτοῦ—on the battle-field. ἀπέπλευσαν ἐς Κατάνην—a strange thing to do after gaining a victory. Nicias surely ought to have attacked Syracuse: for this purpose cavalry would not have been needed.
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