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αὐτὸν καθέξειν αὐτοῦ either intrans. (cf. c. 28, § 2, ἐν Ἀμόργης κατεῖχε) or trans., of which the passive occurs in ii. 86, ἐν οἱ Ἀθηναῖοι περὶ Κρήτην κατείχοντο. The latter makes the better sense. Thrasyllus knew that Mindarus wished to get to the Hellespont: he might hope to keep him in Chios, but he would not naturally expect him to stay there of his own accord.

ἐν τῇ Λέσβῳ For this place as an ἀφορμὴ against Chios cf. c. 24, § 2, καὶ ἐκ τῆς Λέσβου ὁρμώμενοι.

παρασκευάζειν ἐκέλευεν sc. τοὺς Μηθυμναίους, otherwise παρασκευάζεσθαι would be used. Cf. iii. 49, παρασκευασάντων τῶν Μυτιληναίων τῇ νηῒ οἶνον καὶ ἄλφιτα.

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