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ἦρχεwas first to )( ἤρχετο began to.

τειχισμάτων—the incomplete Athenian wall and the Syracusan cross-wall.

χρῆσις ἦν—another case of simple abstract nouns (esp in -σις and -μα) with εἰμί, γίγνομαι. Cf. c. 4.6; 16.2.

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