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τοξότας τινὰς τοὺς βαρβαρωτάτους. The τοξόται in question are the police or city-guard of Athens, slaves, mostly drawn from Scythia (hence βάρβαροι). See Boeckh, Oecon. i. 276-278. Their full number at this time, according to Aeschines, De F. Leg 335, was about 1200. In Aristoph. Ach. 54, the crier calling for the police says οἱ τοξόται!

Οἰνόην Cf. ii. 18, γὰρ Οἰνόη οὖσα ἐν μεθορίοις τῆς Ἀττικῆς καὶ Βοιωτίας ἐτετείχιστο, καὶ αὐτῷ φρουρίῳ οἱ Ἀθηναῖοι ἐχρῶντο ὁπότε πόλεμος καταλάβοι. The town was on the direct road from Athens to Thebes and Delphi.


ἐν μεθορίοις τῆς Βοιωτίας sc. καὶ τῆς Ἀττικῆς. Cf. c. 10, § 3, πρὸς τὰ μεθόρια τῆς Ἐπιδαυρίας.

διὰ ξυμφορὰν . . . διαφθορᾶς ‘a mishap consisting in the destruction, etc.’ Cf. c. 81, § 2, τὴν ξυμφορὰν τῆς φυγῆς; i. 33, ξυντυχία τῆς ἡμετέρας χρείας. Some Corinthians returning from Deceleia had been annihilated by a sally from Oenoe.

ἐθελοντηδὸν i e. independently of the general orders of the war as directed by Agis.


ξυμβεβάσθαι impers. Cf. iii. 67, iv. 23, etc.

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    • Aeschines, On the Embassy, 174
    • Thucydides, Histories, 1.33
    • Thucydides, Histories, 2.18
    • Thucydides, Histories, 3.67
    • Thucydides, Histories, 4.23
    • Thucydides, Histories, 8.10.3
    • Thucydides, Histories, 8.81.2
    • Aristophanes, Acharnians, 54
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