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9. δηλοῖ—second proof of weakness, viz. lack of communication.

τῶν παλαιῶνneut., like τὰ πρὸ αὐτῶν καὶ τὰ ἔτι παλαίτερα in c. 2. Here τὰ παλαιά is explained to mean τὰ πρὸ τῶν τρωικῶν The lit. trans, is insignificance in our early history.

11. πρότερον—this merely repeats the sense of πρό, as in οὐ πρότερον ... πρίν κτλ.

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