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Ὠρωπὸν. The possession of this town had long been and continued to be a bone of contention between Athens and Boeotia. The Oropians are Ἀθηναίων ὑπήκοοι in ii. 23 (B.C. 431). In iv. 96 (B.C. 424) the Athenians managed to hold the place after their defeat by the Boeotians, and to leave a garrison there. Ἐρετριῶν Eretria was the second town in Euboea, Chalcis being the chief. In c. 95, § 3, Eretria is said to be 60 stadia from Oropus. ἐπὶ τῇ Ἐρετρίᾳ Cf. iv. 75, μὴ ὥσπερ τὰ Ἄναια ἐπὶ τῇ Σάμῳ γένηται. This gives the reason of the action of the Eretrians in the matter. If they revolted, Oropus would be dangerous to them. τὸ χωρίον κ.τ λ. Const. ἀδύνατα ἦν τὸ χωρίου (subj.) μὴ οὐ μεγάλα βλάπτειν, sc. εἰ ἀποσταῖεν. Ἀθηναίων ἐχόντων= εἰ Ἀθηναῖοι ἔχοιεν. It might seem tempting to read μεγάλ᾽ ἂν βλάπτειν, but the expression ‘impossible for the place not to injure’ in the sense ‘impossible that the place should not injure’ is as good Greek as English.
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