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μὲν ἐπράσσετο—‘the design failed, because Alc. . . knowing that he would be banished, gave information about the plot, of which he had knowledge.’

τούς τε ἄνδρας—i.e. τοὺς μηνυθέντας.

πρότερον—before the Athentans arrived.

ἐπεκράτουν—the subject is suddenly narrowed down from the Messenians at large (οἱ δέ) to the party favourable to Syr. (οἱ ταῦτα βουλόμενοι).

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