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ἐν Εὐβοίᾳ οὔσαις. The reading of half a dozen good MSS., ἐς Εὔβοιαν οὔσαις is indefensible. εἶναι ἐς is not equivalent to παρεῖναι ἐς. In Hdt. i. 21, ἀπόστολος ἐς τὴν Μίλητον ἦν (which has been weakly quoted), the verbal adj. decides the construction (=ἀπεσταλμένος ἐς τὴν Μ. ἦν), and the same is the case with Hdt. v. 108, προσδόκιμον ἐς τὴν Κύπρον εἶναι. The reading ἐς Εὔβοιαν is either a mere slip due to the illusion that the words belonged to ἀφικομένων, or else οὔσαις is an error for e.g. (ἐλθούσαις or (ἡκούσαις.

θαλάσσης μέτρον ‘the distance by which it is separated is about sixty stadia of sea.’ The intervening distance is measured over and consists of sea. Cf. ii. 86, διέχετον δὲ ἀπ᾽ ἀλλήλων σταδίους μάλιστα ἑπτὰ τῆς θαλάσσης.

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