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Similarly the Athenians took with them to Sicily σιτοποιοὺς ἐκ τῶν μυλώνων . . . ἠναγκασμένους ἐμμίς θους (Thuc. vi. 22; cf. Thuc. ii. 78).

κυνῶν Ἰνδικῶν: cf. i. 192. 4. n.

χοίνικα πυρῶν: a minimum allowance for a man, as is shown by the words καὶ μηδὲν πλέον: cf. Hom. Od. xix. 27οὐ γὰρ ἀεργὸν ἀνέξομαι ὅς κεν ἐμῆς γε χοίνικος ἅπτηται”. It is the allowance given to the Helots on Sphacteria, though the Spartans have twice as much (Thuc. iv. 16); cf. vi. 57. 3 n.

H., who has been wonderfully accurate in his calculations hitherto, here makes a blunder in dividing. A choenix a day given to each of 5,283,220 men amounts (at 48 choenices to the medimnus) not to 110,340 medimni but to 110,067 1/2. He divided the 528 myriads correctly, getting the result 1,100, but in dividing the 3,220 by 48 he put his penultimate remainder 340 in place of the true quotient 67 1/12, as may be seen by doing the sum.

For other errors of calculation cf. i. 30 n.

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