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ἐκ πολλῆς περιουσίαςas the result of a great superiority, i.e. ‘if we had a great numerical superiority.’ For the use of ἐκ cf. II. 62.5 ξύνεσις τὴν τόλμαν ἐκ τοῦ ὑπέρφρονος ἐχυρωτέραν παρέχεται. The phrase ἐκ περιουσίας occurs also in VIII. 45; Dem. 18.3; Dem. 45.67.

καὶ μὴ ἀναγκαζομένοις—on the use of the partic. here sec note on c. 18.1.

εἰ . . . ἀφαιρήσομεν—see on c. 8.1.

τῆς τηρήσεως—the use of these verbal nouns in -της and -σις, so common in Thuc., is a means of giving dignity to the expression.

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