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εἴρητο . . . Ἀλκαμένει, ‘Alcamenes had been directed by the ephors.’ Ἀλκαμένη (acc. and inf. const.) is rendered almost impossible by the position of ὑπὸ τῶν ἐφόρων (P-S).

ὡρμημένων not ‘having started,’ for this they had not done, but cf. c. 8, § 2. Add Hdt. vii. 1, μᾶλλον ὥρμητο στρατεύεσθαι, ‘was ready and eager to . . .’

τὴν ἐν . . . καταφυγήν = τὴν ἐς Ρ. καταφυγὴν καὶ τὴν ἐν αὐτῷ μονήν. Cf. c. 2 (init.), τὴν ἐκ τῆς Σικ. κακοπραγίαν.

πρῶτον with ἁπτόμενοι, like εὐθύς, ‘at their very first dealing with . . .’

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