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οἰκονομική (sc. τέχνη) the art of domestic management.

ἐνταῦθα: in that case.

πλεῖστον (sc. ὠφελήσει): will be of the greatest service.

ὡς: as, in a comparison.

μαχόμενον: acc. sing. masc., agreeing with omitted subj. of νικᾶν.

οὐδ̓ οὕτως: sc. τὶ from the preceding οὐδέν.

οὐχ ἥκιστα δὲ τούτων: “and what is of most importance among all these,” i.e. “when he has made preparations for victory and is resolved on battle under favorable conditions, he will yet” etc. For the ‘litotes,’ cf. i.2.23.

φυλάξεται συνάπτειν: for the inf., see on προιέναι ii. 6. 23.

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