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Alcibiades by a trick frustrates the endeavours of the Lacedaemonian envoys, and inclines the Athenians to accept the advances of the Argives and their allies. Further proceedings are, however, interrupted by an earthquake.

ξυμβῆναι: aor. “come to a final agreement.”—τῶν διαφόρων: points of difference, as in i. 56. 2; 78. 13.— 3. ἐς τὸν δῆμον: cf. i. 72. 14; iv. 58. 9; vi. 41. 13; 89. 1.—ἢν καί: see App.

ταὐτά: see App.—ἀπωσθῇ: used of rejecting the ξυμμαχία, as in c. 22. 4, the σπονδαί.

μηχανᾶται δέ: see App.

πίστιν...δούς : assuring them with an oath. Cf. i. 133. 14; viii. 73. 13.

μὴ ὁμολογήσωσιν: μὴ φανερῶς εἴπωσι, Schol.

καί: after ὥσπερ is proleptie in the rel. clause, for καί really belongs with πείσειν. See on i. 74. 25. For the inf. (ἀντιλέγειν) in a rel. clause in indir. disc., see on i. 91. 23. GMT. 92, 2, N. 3; H. 947; Kr. Spr. 55, 4, 9; 53, 2, 9; Kühn. 594, 5.

καὶ ὅπως...ποιήσῃ : parallel to βουλόμενος αὐτοὺς Νικίου τε ἀποστῆσαι. But τε, which would naturally stand after βουλόμενος, is forced out of its place by the connective δέ and so comes to stand after Νικίου.

ὡς οὐδὲν ἀληθὲς ἐν νῷ ἔχουσιν : corresponds to οὐ βεβαίους φάσκων εἶναι in 43. 14 (Plut. says ὑγιές, which Kr. prefers with no sufficient reason): “that they were not to be trusted.”— 14. ποιήσῃ: act., used of the statesman who influences the people; in 20 ποιεῖσθαι is mid. of the sovereign people. —ἐς τὸν δῆμον: i.e. after the preliminary discussion had been held ἐν τῇ βουλῇ (1).

παρελθόντες: παριέναι and παρελθεῖν are the regular expressions for coming before a deliberative assembly. See on i. 67. 16. To this corresponds παραγάγοντες in 19, and c. 46. 34.

καταβοῶντος: inveighing against, as in i. 67. 4 and 115. 3.— 20. σεισμοῦ δὲ γενομένου: earthquakes were regarded as divine signs, and sufficed to put an end to all public business. Cf. c. 50. 26; viii. 6. 29; Plut. Nic. 10, σεισμός τις διὰ μέσου γενόμενος καὶ διαλύσας τὴν ἐκκλησίαν. On γίγνεσθαι used of natural phenomena, see on i. 54. 6.

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