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ἐπεπόνθεσαν—‘the feeling was as follows,’ already before the speeches. πλὴν καθ̔ ὅσον—‘except in so far as.’ Classen defends εἰ after καθ᾽ ὅσον, but subsequent edd. rightly reject it. κατὰ τὸ ὅμορον διάφοροι—‘border enemies’ (Freeman). τοὺς ὀλίγους ἱππέας—see c. 67, 2. καὶ τὸ λοιπόν—the policy adopted is to continue to render slight help to Syr., but to answer that they were neutral. μᾶλλον—lather than the Athenians. ἔργῳ—contrasts the actual intention with the diplomatic answer ἐν τῷ παρόντι μηδετέροις ἀμύνειν. μετριώτατα—of amount. ὡς <δ᾽> ἂν Stein. ἔλασσον δοκῶσι νεῖμαι—‘appear to have shown less respect to.’
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