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In the open sea the enemy could surround the weaker Greek fleet (ch. 16), in the narrows their very numbers would be against them as well as their ignorance of the fairway. The Greek ships were inferior to the enemy in manœuvring (ch. 10. 1). Only the great superiority in this acquired by the Athenians between 480 and 430 B. C. (cf. Thuc. i. 49) justified the opposite tactics of Phormio (Thuc. ii. 90).
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