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ἀναρριπτέοντες: a metaphor from dice-playing; cf. Thuc. iv. 85, 95; v. 103. καταιρέεσθαι, ‘achieved, attained’; cf. vi. 29. 2, 3, ix. 35. 1; Thuc. i. 121. 4 “καθαιρετὸν ἡμῖν ἐστὶ μελέτῃ”.
Xerxes here answers Artabanus' prediction of famine (49. 5), and also his lesson drawn from the failure of Darius in Scythia (10. α 2). ὥρην. For this accusative of time cf. ii. 2. 2. ad fin.; Hippocr. de Aere 83 ὄμβροι δὲ αὐτοθὶ γίνονται πᾶσαν ὥρην.
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