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ταύτης τῆς νυκτὸς κτλ—as the passage stands in the MSS., the construe is ‘on the day that followed this night the A. held a review,’ i.e. on the day following the night that preceded the Syracusan review, they having sailed from Catana to Leon during the night. But serious objections to this are the intolerable harshness of the sentence, the absence of καὶ αὐτοί after ἐξητάζοντο, and above all the absurdity of supposing that the A. would hold a review at Leou while the Syr. were doing the same on the Anapus, instead of making the best of their way to Euryelus, their whole object being to seize the height unknown to the Syr., as the night voyage shows. And § 2 below, ἐχώρει εὐθύς δρόμῳ, is inconsistent with the supposition. Again, the review cannot have been held at Catana, as then the voyage must have been made when day was well advanced. The choiee lies between inserting with Poppo before τῇ and striking out καί with Madvig, so as to refer ἐξητάζοντο to the Syr.; and with Kruger regarding τῇ ἐπιγιγνομένῃ . . ἐξητάζοντο as an adscript on ταύτης τῆς νυκτός, intended to explain its meaning. This has then been attached to the text by καί.

τὸν Λέοντα—the site is not known. All that is certain is that it was within a nule of the point of ascent σχεῖν κατά, as distinct from ἐξέβαινον ἐς τὸ κατά in c. 65, probably shows that it was on the coast, though Arnold, Grote, and Freeman thought not. Holm points out that the A. would land at a point south of Thapsus.

Θάψον—now Magnisi. The naval force protected itself by a stockade across the narrow isthmus.

ἐν στενῷ ἰσθμῷ—cf. IV. 45 ἰσθμὸν . . ἐν Μεθώνη ἐστί: IV. 113, 2.

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