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Imitated from Il. ii. 673Νιρεὺς ὃς κάλλιστος ἀνὴρ ὑπὸ Ἴλιον ἦλθεν τῶν ἄλλων Δαναῶν”, cf. v. 47. 2 n.

κατήμενος might only mean ‘stationary’, but it seems to have been quite usual to sit down in the ranks; cf. Eurip. Suppl. 357, 664, 674; Plut. Arist. 17.


According to Plutarch (Aristides, ch. 11) Arimnestus commanded the Plataean contingent, and Pausanias (ix. 4. 2) says that he did so at Marathon also, and that his statue was set up in the temple of Athenea Areia built with Persian spoils. But it is not easy to see how the Plataean commander (or indeed any Plataean) could have been in the Spartan ranks, since their station was on the left wing with the Athenians (ch. 28; Plut. Arist. 20). Thucydides mentions(iii. 52) Aeimnestus as father of Lacon, Spartan Proxenus at Plataea, and so the name is given in some MSS. here; cf. c. 64. 2 n.

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