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καὶ γὰρ τοξόται κ.τ.λ.—there will be many archers and javelin men on board and very many whom in a battle out at sea we should not have thought of using, since the overweighting of the ships would impede our skill; but here being forced to fight a land battle aboard ship, we shall find the plan convenient. διὰ τὸ βλάπτειν ἂν—frequent use. of the infin. with art. is a mark of the speeches and the higher style. πρόσφορα—the rel. ᾦ is lost sight of. Cf. Herod. 9.33 τῇ τε ἐπιμαχώτατον ἦν . . . καὶ πρόσοδος μάλιστα ταύτῃ ἐγίνετο. For the plur. cf. c. 43.2.
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