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ἐν μὲν τῇ γῇ The μέν is taken up by ὅπως δ᾽ ἠφανίσθη: he had certainly been killed on land, they said, but how the body had disappeared, they could not tell.

ἂν ἐδύνατο The imperf. with ἄν might mean either (1) he would not now be able [as in fact he is]: or (2) he would not, at the supposed past time, have been able: the imperf. differing here from the aor. in expressing the man's state, and not merely his ability for a certain act at a certain moment. ‘He probably would not have been in a condition to control his own movements’.

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