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τῶν νησιωτῶν—who might be expected to be willing to desert. Cf. c. 57.4. εἴ τις βούλεται=τὸν βουλόμενον. No infin. is then added. ἐπ᾽ ἐλευθερίᾳ—expressing the terms, as in ἐπὶ τούτοις, etc. οὐ πολλαί—we cannot be sure that it was loyalty to Athens that prevented more from going over, though Grote seems to assume it.
ὁ. γίγνεται ὥστε—the active in III. 28.1 ποιοῦνται ὸμολογίαν ὥστε. This use of ὥστε is very common.
ἐς ἀσπίδας ὑπτίας—Aristoph. Lysist. 185 θὲς ἐς τὸ πρόσθεν ὑπτίαν τὴν ἀσπίδα. τούτους—Philistus of Syracuse, a contemporary historian, related that Demosth. attempted to commit suicide, but was prevented by the enemy. The fact is reported by Plutarch and Pausanias. καθῖσε τὴν ς.—observe that Thuc. uses the earlier form of the augment whenever there are two ways of angmenting a verb: e.g. χρῆν, not ἐχρῆν; καθῖζον, not ἐκάθιζον; ἑνηντιούμην, not ἠναντιούμην; see Rutherford New Phryn. p. 81; and for the Attic uses of καθίζω ib. p. 336.
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