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The abortive attempt of Sparta to restore Hippias need not have hindered Athenian vengeance on Aegina. The real impediment may have been lack of a fleet, or strained relations with Persia. But H. uses the supposed connexion as a means of transition from one subject to another. The date assumed is shortly before the coming of Aristagoras (ch. 97), i. e. just before 500 B. C. τὰ ἐκ τῶν Ἀλκμεωνιδέων: cf. chs. 62, 63.
Such oracles were current later (cf. viii. 141. 1; Thuc. ii. 8). For Pisistratid knowledge of oracles and soothsaying cf. Appendix XVI. 7. ἐν τῷ ἱρῷ: probably the Erechtheum (ch. 72. 3 n.).
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