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12. διακινδυνεύσῃ—deliberative. χωρήσας with ὁποτέρωσε.

13. δ᾽ οὖν—for MSS. γοῦν: see the same correction at c. 10. 5. Here δ᾽ οὖν suggests a hesitation on the part of Aristeus, the details of which Thuc. has omitted.

14 ὡς ἐς ἐλάχιστον χωρίον—i.e. to concentrate his division so that closely united it might force its way.

16. παρὰ τὴν χηλήν—the object is to enter Potidaea from the south, as it would have been risky with the enemy in the way to have forced a way in at the north. The χηλή is a mole or break-water running out into the sea, which at low tide is shallow, on the east side of the city.

18. ἀποβαλών—this is used specially of losing men by a sudden attack of an enemy.

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