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All the later writers (Plut. Them. 11; Aelian, V. H. xiii. 40; Aristid. ii. p. 258, Dind.) except Pseud. Plut. Mor. 185 B represent the scene as taking place between Eurybiades and Themistocles, thus unduly emphasizing the rivalry between Sparta and Athens and obscuring the hostility of Corinth. They add more picturesque detail, e. g. Plut. Them. 11ἐπαραμένου δὲ” (Εὐρυβιάδου) τὴν βακτηρίαν ὡς πατάξοντος, Θεμιστοκλῆς ἔφη, πάταξον μέν, ἄκουσον δέ.

προεξανιστάμενοι: probably of a race: ‘those who start before the signal,’ and ‘those left at the post’. Themistocles should have waited till the president called on him.

ῥαπίζονται are beaten by the ῥαβδοῦχοι (constables) at the orders of the stewards (ἀγωνοθέται). Thus Lichas was beaten for a breach of the rules at Olympia (Paus. vi. 2. 2; Thuc. v. 50; Xen. Hell. iii. 2. 21).

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    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 6.2.2
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