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ἐπικουρεῖν ‘to serve as mercenaries’: Thuc. II. 33, ἐπικούρους τινὰς προσεμισθώσατο — like ξένοι, an honourable name for μισθοφόροι.

συγκειμέναις ‘composed’, ‘invented’ by the [tragic] poets. In pure Attic of the classical time κεῖμαι is the perf. passive of τίθημι, τέθειμαι is the perf. middle: e.g. a father τέθειται ὄνομα παιδί, but παιδὶ κεῖται ὄνομα: cp. Shilleto on Thuc. I. 37, who quotes as an exception, belonging to the early decadence, Menand. frag. 65, τῷ μὲν τὸ σῶμα διατεθειμένῳ κακῶς (=διακειμένῳ).

ἐφορῶντες Not, I think, merely ‘gazing upon’, but ‘seeing in their own lifetime’, or ‘with their own eyes’ (and not merely in legends from the past); cp. Xen. Cyr. VIII. 7. 7, τοὺς φίλους ἐπεῖδον δι᾽ ἐμοῦ εὐδαίμονας γενομένους, ‘lived to see their friends made prosperous’. So Il. XXII. 61, κακὰ πόλλ᾽ ἐπιδόντα, | υἷάς τ᾽ ὀλλυμένους, κ.τ.λ.: and other passages quoted by Thompson on Plato Gorg. 473 C, αὐτός τε λωβηθεὶς καὶ τοὺς αὑτοῦ ἐπιδὼν παῖδας (λωβηθέντας).

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