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The Chians were friendly with the Milesians (18. 3 n.) and the league trading East, the Phocaeans with the league trading West (cf. iii. 59. 4 n.). The Oenussian Islands lie between Chios and the mainland. ἐκ θεοπροπίου. This passage throws interesting light on the policy and methods of the Delphic oracle. The Pythia not unnaturally wished to secure for Hellenism one of the keys of the west Mediterranean (cf. v. 43 for a similar attempt in west Sicily). For this Delphic policy cf. Curtius ii. 37-42 (though he exaggerates it); Holm (i. 232) thinks the oracle simply sanctioned projects suggested to it by would-be colonists. But probably it also originated projects itself (cf. v. 42. 2 n.).
μύδρον. Cf. Hor. Epod. xvi. 17-26, and for a similar sanction to the Delian league Ath. Pol. 23 ad fin.
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