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Ἰώνων οὐδένα λόγον. The regular attitude of the Persian kings towards Ionians; cf. Cyrus (i. 153) and Cambyses (ii. 1). Yet it cost Darius at least one fleet and army, and took five years to put down the revolt (Macan). On H.'s unfavourable view of the Ionians cf. i. 142 n.

εἰρέσθαι. Again a standing formula for a characteristically oriental ignorance of Greece on the part of the Persians; cf. i. 153; v. 73 n.


ἐκγενέσθαι: a good example of the infinitive expressing a wish. Goodwin, § 785; cf. Hom. Il. ii. 413; vii. 179; Arist. Ach. 816.

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