15. τά τε πρότερον κτλ
.—moreover what was formerly repeated on hearsay, but seldom confirmed by fact, now became credible,
because men saw it all.
17. σεισμῶν τε πέρι ... ἡλίου τε ἐκλείψεις
—the construction changes slightly. We might have had σεισμοί
or περὶ ἐκλείψεων
19. οἱ αὐτοί
. Cf. the use of idem.
—of course Thuc. does not record all the strange things that befell μετὰ τοῦδε τοῦ πολέμου
: e.g. he records no instances of αὐχμός
evidently does not refer to hunger caused by siege). He records two eclipses of the sun, one in 431 B.C. (2.28
), the other in 424 B.C. (4.52
), but if the Ten Years' War be meant, three
eclipses could have been observed in Greece; or it the Twenty-seven Years' War is alluded to, six.
Of course it is not certain that all of the eclipses were actually observed; Thuc., as Mr. Forbes says, only gives the popular opinion.
—as compared with
; cf. 4.6 χειμὼν μείζων παρὰ τὴν καθεστηκυῖαν ὥραν
23. καὶ ἡ ... ἡ νόσος
—the art. is similarly repeated to throw emphasis on the second part of the phrase—the disease that ... I mean the pestilence
—in c. 126. 4
, and in several other instances. With νόσος
most edd. supply ἐγένετο
: but Steup rightly says οὐκ ἄπιστος κατέστη
, for when Thuc. describes the plague in 2.47
, he expressly says that ‘it was said that it had broken out in several other places previously’ to 430 B.C.
—object of φθείρασα
, sc. τῆς Ἑλλάδος
, a great number
of the Greeks.