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Κῶν τὴν Μεροπίδα, which lay directly in his way. As the scholiast says, τὴν Μ. is superfluous, as no other Cos is known. Cos, now Stancho (ἐς τὰν Κῶ). The name is a contraction of Κόως and is declined accordingly (Κῶ, gen. § 3). Merops was a legendary king of the island. ἀτείχιστον οὖσαν c. 31, § 3; c. 35, § 3. τὴν χώραν . . . λείαν ἐποεῖτο = ἐλεηλάτει τὴν χώραν. Hdt. iv. 202, τοὺς λοιποὺς τῶν Βαρκαίων ληίην ἐκέλευσε θέσθαι. Cf. inf. c. 62, § 2, ἀνδράποδα ἁρπαγὴν ποησάμενος. From the next words, τὴν χώραν obviously includes the inhabitants.
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