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ὑπολάβῃ δὲ κτλ—‘let no one suppose that care for you is not our concern.’ γνούς—‘when he reflects.’ σῳζομένων—the partic. is parallel to διὰ τὸ . . ἀντέχειν. μὴ ἀσθενεῖς ὄντας—‘with a strong resistance,’ circumstantial partic. to ἀντέχειν. ἧσσον ἂν κτλ—‘we should be less likely to suffer by their sending a force to aid the Pel.’; ἧσσον ἄν belong both to πεμψάντων and to βλαπτοίμεθα. The argument is that it is the interest of Athens to support the independence of Camarina as a rival power to Syracuse. But, as Freeman asks, what would happen if Athens reduced Syr. to subjection? Would it then be to her interest to maintain the independence of her friends in Sicily? καὶ ἐν τούτῳ . . ἤδη—‘and it is just in this that we are closely concerned in your affairs.’
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