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CHAPTER C

ἔκ τετε and καί connect the two sets of auxiliary forces, the light-armed troops from the Melian gulf and the heavy-armed men from Corinth and Nisaea: cf. ch. 28, 21, ἔκ τε Αἴνου κ.τ.λ.

καὶ βεβοηθηκότων αὐτοῖς—‘and having been reinforced by’ etc.: for the change of participial construction cf. the beginning of ch. 29.

Κορινθίων—possibly a portion of the force which marched with Brasidas to Megara, ch. 70, 11. τῶν ἐκ Νισαίας —ch. 69, 23.

προσέβαλον—the manuscript reading; Classen alters it to προσέβαλλον, the ‘preliminary’ imperfect, which is followed by the details of the attack. Note the irregularity of the finite verb προσήγαγον in the following line.

ἥπερ εἶλεν αὐτό—‘which in fact took the place’; Classen cites ii. 77, αἱ μηχαναὶ οὐδὲν ὠφέλουν, to shew that Krüger's correction, ᾗπερ εἶλον, is not necessary.

κεραίαν—a beam or spar: ii. 76: vii. 41. ἀκριβῶς— ‘exactly, nicely’. ἐπ᾽ ἅκραν—adj. agreeing with κεραίαν.

ἀκροφύσιον—‘a nozzle’, from ἄκρος and φῦσα. ἐς αὐτὸν νεῦον—either to be taken separately, ‘curving into the cauldron’ or with καθεῖτο, ‘was bent down in a curve into the cauldron’: for καθεῖτο, demissum erat, cf. ch. 103, 21.

ἑπὶ μέγα—‘a large part of the wood as well’: cf. note on ch. 3, 13, έπὶ πολύ. The use of ἄλλος where we should say ‘besides’ is well known.

ἐκ πολλοῦ—of distance. ...ᾠκοδόμητο—see ch. 90; the definite articles point to the materials there described.

ὁπότε εἰη—the frequentative optative shews that more than one attempt was made. στεγανῶς—through the closed pipe.

ἦψε τοῦ τείχους—‘set fire to the wall’, a good illustration of the partitive genitive.

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