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[4] 18. τῆς γὰρ δή—as often, there is an ellipse here; in full the sense is ‘he naturally thought of this, for,’ etc.

19. τὴν ἀρχὴν εὐθὺς ξυγκατεσκεύαζενat once began to help them to lay the foundation of their empire. This seems, on the whole, better than the version preferred by Classen and others, ‘prepared to begin (ἀρχήν) the building,’ in which ξυν- is left obscure, and is, in fact, variously explained; and ἀρχήν (cf. c. 96. 2) is strange for ἔργον. The allusion is to the whole period after Salamis.

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