19. ἡ ἀρίστη
—cf. τῆς γῆς οὐ πολλὴν ἔτεμον 6.7
. The attraction is most common with πολύς
, but is fairly frequent with other adjectives.
20. νῦν ... καλουμένη
belongs to both nouns. In early times the districts had no general name.
—the exemption was due to the isolated character of Arcadia, the consequence of its mountams. ἄρκτος
; cf. ἄρκειος
. The Arcadrans were unaffected by the Dorian migration They prided themselves on being autochthones (cf. Xen. Hell. 7.1. 23
), and on their primeval antiquity (cf. L & S. under προσέληνος
the regular meaning of κράτιστος
when applied to land.