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σπειράντων: for the omission of the art. with subst. participles, see on μαινόμενος i. 3. 11.—τόν τε σῖτον τέμνοντες κτλ.: cf. the proceedings in the early years of the Peloponnesian war, when a Spartan army under Archidamus regularly ravaged the Attic plain. For the attrib. participle used substantively, see on τοὺς ἀντιποιησομένους 7.

πολιορκοῦντες: vexantes, besieging.

πείσωσιν: euphemistic for “compel.” Cf. ἐπείσθησαν ἀνάγκῃ An. vii.7.29, φοβῶν ἔπεισε Cyr. v. 4. 51. For the subjv. in a temporal clause, see G. 1465; H. 921, and cf. 33; iii. 5. 6.

καὶ ἰδίᾳ αὖ: transition from states to individuals.

ξένος πανταχοῦ: “a citizen of the world.”

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