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ἐπὶ τὸ βέλτιον χωροῦνταimproving.

χαλεπώτερον ἴσχοντα—a substitute for χαλεπωτέρως ἔχοντα.

ὁμοίωςas before.

ἀλλ᾽ except.

μὴ φανερῶς . . . ψηφίζεσθαι—see on c. 48.1. No formal vote was to be passed.

προεῖπον ὡς ἐδύναντο κ.τ.λ.they gave notice as secretly as possible to all.

παρασκευάσασθαιto prepare (to depart) when the sign was given. The sentence would be clearer if he had said ὡς ἐδύναντο ἀδηλότατα παρασκευάσασθαι ἔκπλουν ποιησομένους ὅταν τις ς.; but it is easy to supply ἐκπλευσομένους from ἐκπλοῦν after παρασκευάσασθαι. (The preliminary arrangements are not denoted by παρασκευάσασθαι but are implied clearly enough in προεῖπον ἔκπλουν. So in VI. 65 προεῖπον πανδημεὶ πᾶσιν ἐξιέναι Συρακοσίοις. ἐπεὶ δὲ ἑτοῖμα αὐτοῖς καὶ τὰ τῆς παρασκευῆς ἦν κ τ.λ.; there too προεῖπον ἐξιέναι implies preparation for the expedition. Here παρασκευάσασθαι applies to such final arrangements as can only be made when the final order is given. There is no need to alter the aor. into the perf., as some of the edd. do.)

τις—added to σημήνῃ because the sign was to be given not by herald, but secretly

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