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καὶ—and so, a use frequent also in Aeschylus. φέροντες—as in Soph. Aj. 735 ἥκει φέρων Αἴαντος ἡμῖν πρᾶξιν. διὰ φυλακῆς . . ἔχων—cf. διὰ χειρὸς ἔχειν, δι᾽ ὀργῆς ἔ. etc.=ξυνεχῶς φυλάσσων. τὰ κατὰ τὸ ς. is object of ἔχων. Superintended the army by keeping it in a state of defence instead of running self-imposed risks. So Dio Cassius 47.36 αὐτοί τε διὰ φυλακῆς μᾶλλον ἢ διὰ κινδύνων τὸ στρατόπεδον ἐποιοῦντο, taken from this passage. Isaeus 7.14 ὃν ἤσκει καὶ δι᾽ ἐπιμελείας εἶχεν. δι᾽ ἑκουσίων κινδύνων—Classen supplies ἔχων; Stahl takes the words with ἐπεμέλετο as an adverbial phrase. Either way will do, since ἔχων is itself almost equivalent to an adv. here, implying continuance. ἐπεμέλετο—absolute.
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