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12. ἐπρεσβεύοντο—following, as it turned out, the advice of Archidamus; see c. 82. He was afterwards blamed for not having been eager to begin the war.

18. τὸ ἄγος τῆς θεοῦ—i.e. those who were under the curse of Athena. The chief authorities for the story of Cylon and the Alcmaeonidae are, besides Thuc, Hdt. 5.71 (Thuc. differs from him, and is perhaps correcting his account), Plut. Sol. 12. The Ath. Pol. mit. shows that the attempt of Cylon preceded the legislation of Draco. ἄγος is a pollution under which a person, a house, or a community labours.

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