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τὴν πόλιν ἐτείχιζον. See i. 101, τεῖχος καθελόντες after the above siege.

τῆς μὲν μετ᾽ Ἀθηναίων ἀριστοκρατίας κ.τ.λ. There is emphasis on μετ᾽ Ἀθηναίων, and ἀριστοκρατίας is opposed to ἐλευθερίαν. Some time ago they might have thought it something to obtain such a concession from Athens, but they no longer valued ‘an aristocratical constitution attached to Athens,’ when they were daily expecting something better from Lacedaemon, viz. entire independence. There is a purposed jingle in προσδεόμενοι . . . προσδεχόμενοι.

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