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ἑβδομήκοντα: cf. 89 n. The Aeginetans put only thirty ships in line at Salamis, though they had some others (perhaps twelve) manned (viii. 46 n.). τοὺς ... πρότερον: cf. v. 86. 4. The town of Aegina was besieged (ix. 75). ἀνάγκῃ λαμφθεῖσαι is the historian's, or the Aeginetans', excuse for sending the ships.
Since Sicyon paid the fine, at a time when Argos was too weak to enforce it, probably Argos had the right to impose it, as head of a religious association and guardian of the temple of Apollo Pythaeus (Thuc. v. 53. 47, with Busolt, Lakedaimonier, p. 83 f.). But the presidency of a religious amphictyony could be, and was by Pheidon, used to advance a claim to political suzerainty over the whole ‘lot of Temenus’. πεντάεθλον ἐπασκήσας (cf. ix. 105). ‘Having practised the pentathlum’ (cf. ix. 75) implies a victory which Pausanias (i. 29. 5) tells us was won at Nemea. For the Pentathlum cf. ix. 33. 2 n.
ἐπασκέων: practising, i.e. engaging in single combat. Cf. ii. 77. 1, 166. 2; iii. 82. 3. For Sophanes cf. ix. 74, 75, and for Decelea ix. 73.
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