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ἀπιστεῖν—referring back to πιστόν above. ‘You must not distrust us,’ and we will then trust you, and those that we trust we treat as friends. τοὺς ἐκεῖ ξυμμάχους—ἐξηγοῦμαι takes either accus. or dat., but the sudden change from dat. (see crit, note) to accus. (Χίους) is scarcely probable. αὐτονόμους <ἔχοντες> Stein. Μηθυμναίους—the only Lesbians who retained their autonomy after Lesbos revolted from Athens in 428. νεῶν παροκωχῇ—in VII. 57 the Chians are described as οὐχ ὑποτελεῖς φόρου, ναῦς δὲ παρέχοντες, and the Methymnaeans in the same way. βιαιότερον—sc. ἐξηγούμεθα. Cf. I. 141 αἱ βίαιοι ἐσφοραἰ. ἐλευθέρως ξυμμαχοῦντας—those who in VII. 57 are called οἱ ἀπὸ ξυμμαχίας αὐτόνομοι, like Corcyra, Zaeynthus, Cephallenia.
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