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ἐβιάσαντο πρὸςforced their way to.

οὐκ ἐπ᾽ ὀλίγων ἀσπίδωνin a deep line; cf. II. 90 ἐπὶ τεσσάρων ταξάμενοι τὰς ναῦς. The gen. is commoner than the accus., which is also used in these military phrases; Xen. Hel. VI 4, 12 ἐπὶ πεντήκοντα ἀσπίδων συνεστραμμένοι; Aristoph. Frag. ἵστασθ᾽ ἐφεξῆς ἐπὶ τρεῖς ἀσπίδας.

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