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ἐπεὶ καὶ κ.τ.λ.for the number of their ships will be no advantage to them, in case any of you are alarmed about your numerical inferiority in the coming battle. In a small space many will be slower in accomplishing their object, and completely exposed to injury from our devices.

πλήθει—often used of superior numbers.

ἐς τὸ βλάπτεσθαι—the construction, as Classen says, is influenced by ἐς τὸ δρᾶν. Elsewhere ῥᾴδιος takes plain infin. Cf. II. 11.5 πρός τε τὸ ἐπιέναι εὐψυχότατοι, πρός τε τὸ ἐπιχειρεῖσθαι ἀσφαλέστατοι.

ἀφ᾽ ὧν—for ἀπ᾽ ἐκείνων —i.e. the nom. of the rel. is attracted. This is very unusual, and this is the only instance in Thuc.

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