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ὅ τε ἐκ τῆς γῆς—the following vivid description of the behaviour of the troops on shore exhibits a curious approximation to the romantic spirit, but it wants the pathos and the freedom of romanticism; and, fine as it is, the choice and the presentment of the details serve to show how entirely foreign to Thucydides' genius the romantic spirit was. This living picture is finely imitated by Gibbon in his account of the siege of Constantinople by Mahomet II. in 1453. πολὺν τὸν ἀγῶνα . . . εἶχε—cf. III. 49.1 ἦλθον ἐς ἀγῶνα τῆς δόξης. ξύστασιν—synonym of ἀγών. φιλονικῶν— “les Siciliens désiraient obtenir une gloire plus grande, et les Athéniens redoutaient un sort plus juste encore que leur condition présente.” Girard .
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