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ἐπηγγέλθησαν γάρ. αἱ σπονδαὶ of some books was not read by the Scholiast, who notes αἱ σπονδαὶ δηλόνοτι. The subject is apparently τὰ Ἴσθμια, or rather αἱ Ἰσθμιάδες σπονδαί implied in it. Cf. v. 49, λέγοντες μὴ ἐπηγγέλθαι πω ἐς Λακεδαίμονα τὰς σπονδάς. For the plural verb cf. v. 75, Κάρνεια ἐτύγχανον ὄντα; i. 126, ἐπειδὴ ἐπῆλθον Ὀλύμπια. Mr. J. Riddell referred the notion to the plurality of the spectacles. The announcement was made by σπονδοφόροι, Aesch. De F. Leg. § 302, οἱ σπονδοφόροι οἱ τὰς μυστηριωτίδας σπονδὰς ἐπαγγέλλοντες. Grote (c. lxi. note) supposes the parenthesis to imply that the invitation was in the circumstances unusual and noticeable. This does not sufficiently appear from the passage. An alternative construction is to understand οἱ Ἀθηναῖοι as the subject of ἐπηγγέλθησαν by an extension of the passive use, which use is certainly not very strict in Greek. Thus the notion ἐπαγγέλλουσιν αὐτοὺς παρεῖναι may result in a passive ἐπαγγέλλονται, ‘they have the summons conveyed to them.’ The position of the words makes rather for this rendering.

ἐθεώρουν i.e. sent θεωροί. Athens had προεδρία at these games (Plut. Thes. c. 25).

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