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Σηστὸν, about four miles from Abydus obliquely across the Hellespont. It was regarded by the Athenians as the key of the strait (Arist. Rhet. iii. 10, § 7). ἥν ποτε Μῆδοι εἷχον The τότε of most other MSS. than Vat. will hardly stand. Though τότε is often used of a matter previously mentioned, ‘at the time above stated’ (cf. c. 20, § 1), it cannot be referred so far back as to i. 89 (Σηστὸν ἐπολιόρκουν Μήδων ἐχόντων), which is the last reference to the possession by the Medes. A rendering ‘on the well-known occasion’ would be far-fetched. For the fact cf. Hdt. ix. 115.
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