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[4] 23 τὸ μὴ μυθῶδεςthe fact that he hears no legend in my history. μἥ is here subjective, referring to what the reader will feel (The edd., as frequently in Thuc., give various explanations of this μή.)

αὐτῶν—with τὸ μὴ μ.; cf. c. 1. 2.

24. ἀτερπέστερονless attractive.

25. τῶν γενομένων—this means the past so far as Thuc. records it, the period with which he deals; for Thuc. could not suppose that his work would be useful as a record of all past history.

τὸ σαφέςthe truth, ‘the exact nature.’

26 τῶν μελλόντων κτλ.—of what is likely to be repeated at some future time with more or less exactness.

1. κρίνειν—subject τούτους. αὐτά my history, as αὐτῶν above.

2. τε—concluding, ‘and so.’

ἀγώνισμα—the word means performance, ‘feat,’ ‘show piece,’ or ‘prize’; here of a prize composition.

ἐς τὸ παραχρῆμα ἀκούεινfor immediate hearing.

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