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τινὲς δύο. τινὲς does not qualify the number, but denotes the casual presence, of these ships, ‘a couple of ships.’

καὶ αἱ Μηθυμναῖαι ‘(all) the Methymnaean ships’— ‘the fleet of M.’ This rendering does away with the objection of P-S that the ships had not been ‘previously mentioned.’ Dobree, followed by P-S, wrote Μηθυμναῖαι πέντε. to harmonise the numbers, and feeling that ε᾽ might easily drop out after -αιαι (αι being pronounced like ε). One might perhaps rather suppose that ε᾽ before Μηθυμναῖαι became αἱ in Vat., and was lost from the rest. See crit. note. Thrasyllus with fifty-five ships is joined by Thrasybulus with five. To these add the two from the Hellespont, and, of the whole sixty-seven, five must be Methymnaean.

τῷ στρατεύματι instrumental, ‘by the forces on board them.’ ἀφ᾽ ὧν, however, should not be joined closely with τῷ στρατεύματι, but taken with the whole clause: ‘(working) from on board these ships, by means of the forces in them, etc.’

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