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In the Lacedaemonian assembly the majority is inclined to war. Archidamus comes forward in opposition.

τὰ ἐς τοὺς Ἀθηναίους: cf. c. 38. 1; 66. 2; vi.105.15.

καὶ τῶν Ἀθηναίων ἔλεξαν: the same order as in the former clause. For gen., see G. 171, 2; H. 742.—μεταστησάμενοι: causing to withdraw. Cf. v.111.9; Hdt. i.89.1; viii.101.7. Aeschin. 111. 125, μεταστησάμενος τοὺς ἰδιώτας. The corresponding intr. μεταστῆναι, in v.111.25; Soph. Aj. 750.

πάντας: i.e. all the envoys of the allies and the Athenians.—κατὰ σφᾶς αὐτούς: so iv.65.2. καθ᾽ ἑαυτούς, iv.38.18; vi.13.12.

ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ἔφερον: a metaphor from a road (iii.24.2). Cf. Hdt. i.120.12; vii.6.22; Soph. O. C. 1424.

ἀδικεῖν...ἤδη : that they were already in the wrong. Cf. v.30.8. See on c. 67. 5.—πολεμητέα: see on c. 72. 4.

ἐν τάχει: with all possible speed. Cf. c. 86. 13; 90. 31; ii.86.22, etc.Ἀρχίδαμος; son of Zeuxidamus, succeeded his grandfather Leotychides in Ol. 77. 4 (B.C. 469); led the early invasions into Attica; and died Ol. 88. 2 (B.C. 427).

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