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[5] 22. ἀσφαλεῖςsure, though slow; cf. Soph. OT 617, cited in L. & S, φρονεῖν γὰρ οἱ ταχεῖς οὐκ ἀσφαλεῖς. (In all other places in Thuc. ἀσφαλής=‘secure,’ but that is no reason why it should not mean sure here: he must have known of this meaning!)

ὧν=ἀλλ᾽ ὑμῶν.

λόγος τοῦ ἔργου ἐκράτει — so 2.42 οὐκ ἂν πολλοῖς ... ἰσόρροπος ... λόγος τῷ ἔργῳ φανείη, there are but few cases in which report does not outweigh fact. λόγος ὑμῶν=‘the report about you,’ your reputation; cf. p. 52 l. 7.

24. ἐκ περάτων γῆς—proverbial of remote countries.

πρότερον with infin., a rare constn. except in Herod. Thuc., Antiphon.

25. τὰ παρ᾽ ὑμῶνyour forces.

28. ἐπελθεῖν αὐτοί—together: so βούλεσθε μᾶλλον.

1. ἐς τύχας κ.—expose yourselves to the chances of war.

2. δυνατωτέρους—sc. than they were.

3. περὶ αὑτῷ ... σφαλέντα—cf. 6.33. 5 κἂν περὶ σφίσιν αὐτοῖς τὰ πλείω πταίωσιν: Aristoph. Pax 905 περὶ ταῖσι καμ- παῖς ... πεπτωκότες: Soph. Ajax 828 πεπτῶτα τῷδε περὶ νεορράντῳ ξίφει.

4. τὰ πλείω—sc. than through you.

5. ἡμᾶς—we, your allies. Thuc. is referring to the thirty years' tince, which was a set-back to Athens for the time being.

7. ὑμέτεραιin you, of help from you.

8. καὶ ἀπαρασκεύουςκαί is explained by its correspondence with διὰ τὸ πιστεῦσαι: because they had confidence in Sparta, they remained also (as a consequence) unprepared (E. Chambry).

9. ἔφθειραν—gnomic.

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