—Stahl takes this and ὄντας
in apposition to Κορινθίους
, and removes the second καί
so that only προκαταλαμβάνοντας
depends on αἰσθάνεται
. It is better with Steup to render the first καί both,
and to make ὄντας
also depend on αἰσθάνεται
: ‘and are preparing by trying to subdue us for an attack on you.’
5. κατ: αὐτοὺς ... στῶμεν
δυοῖν φθάσαι ἁμάρτωσιν
—(1) ‘may not lose two things’ means may secure one or the other
: hence ἢ ... ἤ
following. (2) But the construction of φθάσαι
is doubtful. Taking δυοῖν
dependent on ἁμάρτωσιν
, as in Andoc. 1.20 δυοῖν τοῖν μεγίστοιν κακοῖν οὐκ ἦν αὐτῷ ἁμαρτεῖν
, most cdd. make φθάσαι
epexegetic, to gain them before (we make alliance).
The order is against this, and φθάσαι
should then=to gain one of them.
It has been proposed to remove φθάσαι
; but it is best, with Croiset, to take δυοῖν
=‘fail to be beforehand with two things.’ Either they will inflict a disastrous defeat on Corcyra, or frighten her into joining themselves.