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περιήγγελλον—often takes the construction of κελεύω but with the dat., which κελεύω never has. τά τε ἐπιτήδεια —sc. παρασκευάζεσθαι. οἷα εἰκὸς—quae deceret. ὡς ἐσβαλοῦντες—because Athens was exposed to attack from the Isthmus. The corresponding Athenian incursion was merely into the Megarid; but Athens was unable to strike at Sparta herself directly. For the system adopted in consequence, see Intr. p. LXIX.
ἑτοῖμα—not with ἐπιτήδεια, but as in c. 3, 4, 98, 1. γίγνοιτο—iterative; hence ξυνῇσαν imperf. τὰ δύο μέρη— the denominator exceeding the numerator by 1 is invariably omitted. Contrast τῶν πέντε τὰς δύο μοίρας I. 10. τὰ δ. μέρη is in limiting apposition to the subject of ξυνῇσαν. Cf. c. 47, 2.
τοὺς . . ἀξιολογωτάτους—an indefinite expression, suited to the different circumstances and arrangements of the various contingents. ἀξιολογωτάτους—forming one group with τοὺς ἐν τἐλει, but not identical with them. Cf. I. 10 τὰς μεγίστας καὶ ἐλαχίστας.
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