3. εἴ τινες ἄλλοι
—sc. ἐκέκτηντο ναυτικά
, small fleets.
This sense of βραχύς
is fiequent in Thuc.
5. τὰ πολλά
—the greater part of these consisted of.
ὀψέ τε ἀφ᾽ οὗ
, it was late when.
For ἀφ οὗ
we should expect ὅτε
. but instead of saying ‘already when
they started to build, it was so late that they could not get a strong fleet before the invasion of Xeixes,’ he says ‘from the time that
they started’ etc. The building of the ships took place in 483-82 B C., the archonship of Nicodemus, and the invasion in 480 B.C. Herod. 7.33
does not say that Them, looked forward to a Persian invasion when he advised the building of the ships. It is thought that Herod, wanted to belittle Them
an adverbial expression like ἀπὸ τῆς ἴσης
, etc. (This is better than supplying νεώς
—the Homeric ship was covered only fore and aft, the part in which the men rowed being open. (Cf. on c. 10. 4
12. τὰ παλαιά
—i.e. the early fleets mentioned in c. 13
. τὰ ὕστερον γενόμενα
—i.e. those mentioned in c. 14.3