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περὶ Τριόπιον οὔσας, i.e. cruising about it.

Τριόπιον Cape Krio, the promontory north of the city (Hdt. i. 174). It is said below to be Ἀπόλλωνος ἱερόν. So Scylax (fourth century B.C.) calls it ἀκρωτήριον ἱερόν. Cf. Hdt. i. 144, τοῦ Τριοπίου Ἀπόλλωνος.

τὰς ἀπ᾽ Αἰγύπτου i.e. the ships bringing corn-supplies to Athens. Triopium is the point which they would leave to cross the Aegean after a coasting voyage from Egypt.

προσβαλλούσας attributive (despite its position) rather than ‘as they put in.’ Cf. c. 36, § 1, the position of διαρπασθέντα; vii. 23, αἱ πρὸ τοῦ στόματος νῆες ναυμαχοῦσαι. This position is common in all good Greek where there is a defining participle which is itself accompanied by further specification. Madvig, Gr. Synt. § 9 a, Rem. 1.

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