—superlative of ἐγγύς
. Cf. prope
—Thuc., like Herod., uses the act. of this word, whereas other authors use mid.
19. καὶ ... ναυπηγηθῆναι —καί
= and in fact,
the building of a trireme marking a climax in naval affairs (τὰ περὶ τὰς ναῦς
goes with πρῶτον
: cf. 2.18 ἀφίκετο τῆς Ἀττικῆς ἐς Οἰνόην πρῶτον
. Hdt. 1.163 πρώτῃ δὲ Φωκαίῃ Ἰωνιης επεχείρησε
made its appearance in the second half of the fourth cent., and was the normal type of ship in the hellenistic period. It is not likely that it had four banks of oars.
—whether these were triremes or not does not appear.