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ἐκ πολλῆς περιουσίας—as the result of a great superiority, i.e. ‘if we had a great numerical superiority.’ For the use of ἐκ cf. II. 62.5 ἡ 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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