ἀλλ᾽ ἡνίκ̓: here “ἀλλά” merely serves to resume the story, after the parenthesis: cp. “δέ” in 252, 281. Others make it strictly adversative: ‘(It was not on account of his enslavement); rather it was when he could not persuade,’ etc.— οὐκ ἔπειθε: the imperf. is regularly used with ref. to such failure (e.g., Thuc.3. 3“ἐπειδὴ...οὐκ ἔπειθον”: id. 4. 4 “ὡς οὐκ ἔπειθεν”). τὸν φυτοσπόρον: not yet identified with Eurytus. That disclosure forms the climax, at 380.
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