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Ξυμβέβηκε . . . δοκοῦντας—with ξυμβαίνει and infin. either dat. or accus. is used, dat. when the case precedes the infin, as II. 61 ξυνέβη ὑμῖν πεισθῆναι ἀκεραίοις

τεand so, giving the result of preceding details.

αὐτοὺς μᾶλλονourselves instead

ὅσα γεdumtaxat, as far as concerns, as in IV. 48 ὅσα γε κατὰ τὸν πόλεμον τόνδε. Dem. 21.18 τούτων, ὅσα γ᾽ ἐν τῷ δήμῳ γέγονεν; Plato.Rep.V 14 ὅσα ἄνθρωποι. Thuc. very often omits parts of εἰμί, γίγνομαι after ὅσος.

τοῦτο πάσχειν—passive of τοῦτο ποιεῖν or δρᾶν, the regular phrases for referring to an action just described: I. 5.2; 6.5; II 11.8; 49.5.

οὐδὲ γὰρ—here begins the description of the difficulties of Nicias.

τῆς χώρας—put in a prominent position because it further emphasizes ὅσα γε κατὰ γῆν. Thuc. constantly inverts the natural order for the sake of emphasis, esp. the order of the gen.

ἐπὶ πολὺ—used here of spacc, less often of time.

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