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ἡμέραι, &c., ‘the appointed days.’ No doubt the antagonism between Corinth and Athens, which began with Themistocles' creation of a great navy, became embittered by the adhesion of Megara to Athens (Thuc. i. 105) and the conquest of Aegina (circ. 458 B. C.), and culminated in the Peloponnesian war, might have been foreseen, but probably the prophecy is post eventum. At this time Corinth feared Aegina more, and supported Athens on several occasions by thwarting Spartan designs (here and ch. 75), by arbitrating in her favour as regards Plataea (vi. 108), and by the loan of ships for the Aeginetan war (vi. 89; Thuc. i. 41). Commercial interest dictated both the earlier friendship and the later hostility. On the acquaintance of the Pisistratidae with oracles cf. Appendix XVI, § 7.
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