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πολιορκέοντας governs ἑωυτούς and agrees with πεζόν (collective); cf. vii. 40. 1, 196, and especially Thuc. vi. 61 “στρατιὰ Λακεδαιμονίων . . . πρὸς Βοιωτούς τι πράσσοντες” (Stein). Hyampolis (on which cf. Frazer, Paus. v. 442-5) was founded by the pre-Hellenic Hyantes when expelled from Boeotia (Strabo 401, 424). It lay near Abae on the road leading from Thessaly through Opuntian Locris to the valley of the Cephisus near Parapotamii. The festival Elaphebolia there celebrated to Artemis was believed to commemorate the victory here described. With the Phocian device we may compare the pits dug by Bruce at Bannockburn to keep off the English horse.
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