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προσβολὴν. This of Cobet is a necessity. ἐσβολὴν of MSS. ‘neither means attack nor takes the dative.’ The words οὔσῃ ἀτειχίστῳ might indeed make ‘an inroad,’ ‘a dash into,’ a possible thing to do. But this use (of a city) requires parallels, and οὐ δυνάμενος ἑλεῖν makes it still more unlikely. Cf. c. 35, § 3, προσβαλόντες τῇ πόλει ἀτειχίστῳ οὔσῃ ὀλίγου εἶλον. The second objection is still stronger, ἐσβάλλειν ἐς being the regular form of expression, and the dative not found. In iv. 25 all MSS. give πρὸς τὴν πόλιν ἐσέβαλλον for προσέβαλλον, and in ii. 79 the variants προσέβαλλον, ἐσέβαλλον show, what indeed scarcely requires showing, the proneness of MSS. to confusion in regard to these prepositions.

οἴσῃ ἀτειχίστῳ See inf. c. 35, § 3 (note).

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