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CHAPTER VII

Ἠιόνα—where this place was is disputed: it was not Eion on the Strymon, which had been held by the Athenians since its capture by Cimon in 476 (i. 98). The mothercity Mende was on Pallene, the most westerly of the three Chalcidian peninsulas, and Eion may have been in the same district, which is also indicated by the proximity of the Chalcidians and Bottiaeans. The name means ‘shore’. τὴν ἐπὶ Θρᾴκης—so τὰ ἐπὶ Θρᾴκης, the usual form by which Thucydides denotes the ‘Thrace-ward regions’.

πολεμίαν δέ—‘but hostile’, thus differing from Mende, which was now in alliance with Athens, though it revolted two years after, ch. 123: cf. vi. 62, πόλισμα Σικανικὸν μὲν Ἐγεσταίοις δὲ πολέμιον.

ἐκ τῶν φρουρίων—from the various points on the coast which were occupied by the Athenians during the war.

προδιδομένην—the present, or rather, imperfect participle gives the meaning ‘which was to be betrayed’ in accordance with a previous understanding: so iii. 18, ἐπὶ Μήθυμναν ὡς προδιδομένην ἐστράτευσαν.

ἐξεκρούσθη—‘was driven out and lost many of his men’: ἐκκρούω is used to denote dislodging an enemy, iv. 102, 128, etc.

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