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πολιορκεομένοισι: passive, ‘the besieged,’ as in i. 84. 1; similarly the active of besiegers, iii. 56. 1; viii. 129. 1. φθινόπωρον. The rising of Arcturus (Sept. 18) marked the beginning of autumn (cf. ch. 100. 1 n., 101). The murmuring of the besiegers and the distress of the besieged (ch. 118) clearly began in the autumn, but the siege no doubt lasted into, and perhaps through, the winter ( Thuc. i. 89 “ἐπιχειμάσαντες εἷλον”). The statement of Diodorus (xi. 37) εὐθὺς ἐκ κατάπλου προσβολὰς τῇ πόλει ποιησάμενος εἷλε Σῆστον is an obvious blunder. H.'s words (ch. 121) κατὰ τὸ ἔτος τοῦτο, no doubt limit the siege to a single year, but his year, like that of Thucydides, is a campaigning year from spring to spring; cf. viii. 130, 131; vii. 37; vi. 31.
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