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μεγάλου ἔργου—this is taken as in apposition to Σικελίας, though in sense belonging to ἐφίεσθαι τῆς Σικ. Stahl refers to Eur. Herc. 323 ὡς μὴ τἐκν᾽ εἰσίδωμεν, ἀνόσιον θέαν, ψυχορραγοῦντα, which is quite different, because τέκνα ψυχορραγοῦντα=θέα α:νόσιος is possible, whereas Σικελία=ἔργον μέγα is impossible except as a brachylogy. Hence perhaps ἔργου μεγάλου was in apposition to <ἄρξαι> (ingressive) τῆς Σικελίας.

ἀποτρέψαι—on the action of Nicias see c. 14.

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