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ἐπικαταβάντες—the A. march down the hill and then back again. For the succession of participles cf. c. 4, 1. ἐπὶ τῷ Λαβδάλῳ—east of the point of ascent, on the north brink of the cliff, ‘on the extremity’ (ἀκροῖς). This site would be convenient with the fleet stationed at Thapsus. Its disadvantage was that it was not visible from the κύκλος which the A. presently built. It was subsequently taken by Gylippus. When he took it there were apparently no stores there; these were apparently removed to the κύκλος: cf. c. 102, 2. (See Heitland in Jour. of Phil. '94 p. 57.) ‘A safe place was needed for their money and stuff, while they themselves went forth to fight with the enemy, or to hem in his city by a wall across the height which was now their own’ (Freeman).
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