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αὐτίκα μετὰ ταῦτα. H. uses a standing formula (viii. 108. 1; ix. 93. 3 n.) intended to emphasize the fact that the Mantineans and Eleans arrived from the Peloponnese just too late when all was over (ἐπ᾽ ἐξεργασμένοισι, cf. iv. 164. 3; viii. 94. 4). Probably the two states were infected with Medism, and waited for the issue of the battle of Plataea before joining the victors. The banishment of the generals perhaps indicates a democratic revolution against a ruling oligarchy (cf. ch. 10 n. and Munro, J. H. S. xxiv. 148). ἄξιοι ... ζημιῶσαι, ‘deserved that men should punish them’; cf. iv. 42. 1.
τοὺς Μήδους: generic; Persians, not the special people, the Medes. ἐδίωκον, ‘were minded to pursue’; but ἐδίωξαν (2, 3; cf. i. 68. 5), ‘banished.’
The Eleans, however, though not the Mantineans, who had been at Thermopylae (vii. 202), contrived to have their name inserted in the inscriptions on the national memorials (ch. 81 n.), not only at Olympia but at Delphi. Possibly they owed this to Spartan favour, since it appears that the Spartans were responsible for the list of names on the Delphic memorial (Thuc. i. 132), and both the dialect and lettering of that inscription are Laconian.
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