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διὰ τῶν ὁλκάδων—each of these vessels commanded one of the ἔσπλοι in the σταύρωμα, which, as we infer from c. 38.2, were 200 feet apart. Many edd. ridiculously suppose that the ‘dolphins’ extended over a space of 200 feet, understanding ἔσπλοι to mean the spaces between the transports. But really they are the gaps left in the σταύρωμα, and they were only wide enough to admit a single vessel.

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