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ἐπικηρυκευομένων. Either (1) impersonal passive, ‘proposals being made to them’: cf. i. 116, ἐσαγγελθέντων ὅτι αἱ νῆες πλέουσι, where, however, Shilleto should be seen, and where the passive is not the passive of a deponent (for which passives see Jelf, § 386); or (2) understand τινῶν: cf. i. 3, ἐπαγομένων (sc. τινῶν) αὐτοὺς ἐς τὰς ἄλλας πόλεις; Dem. 332, οὐκ ἀπειλούντων οὐκ ἐπαγγελλομένων οὐδαμῶς ἐγὼ προδέδωκα. The second manner is probably the better. To separate ἀνδρῶν from δυνατωτάτων and make it the subject of the participle (with Dobree) seems out of the question.

τῶν δυνατωτάτων the leaders of the oligarchical party. Cf. c. 21.

νῆσόν τε ‘the τε placed as if ἡγούμενοι were not to follow’ (P-S).

τρέφειν τὰς ναῦς so τρέφειν τὸ ναυτικόν, Xen. Hell. iv. 8, 9.

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