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ξυμφερομένους . . . ἐς ὀλίγονforced to meet in a small space.

ταράξεσθαι—passive in sense, ταραχθήσομαι not being used until late Greek.

περιπλεῦσαι δὲthe enemy would not be able to sail round them into the open water, since they had power to charge from the open sea and to retire.

εὐρυχωρίαν—outside the harbour, =τὸ πέλαγος.

τὴν ἐπίπλευσιν . . . τε καὶ ἀνάκρουσιν—first to charge, and then, when the enemy attempted to sail round them, to retire with the intention of charging again. The two words need not be part of the same movement, although the art. is not repeated.

πολεμίου—even if by quick sailing the A. had it in their power to sail round the Syr., yet they would be caught between the retiring Syr. and the hostile posts at the mouth.

οὐ μεγάλου—thus Plem. and Ortygia controlled the whole width of the mouth.

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