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ἀσφαλῶς, etc., i.e. he did not wish to begin by creating a prejudice against himself in their minds. ἀφεὶς τὸ ἐς τὴν Χίον ‘abandoning the expedition to Chios.’ We should not supply πλεῖν, nor indeed any Greek word. Thucydides might have written τὸ τῆς Χίου, ‘the matter of Chios’; but, as the matter was an expedition thither, ἐς τὴν Χίον takes the place of the genitive.
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