—the art. added because this is a continuation of the narrative from VI. 104. Contrast c. 2.1, where the art. is omitted because there is a transition to new points.

Γύλιππος—son of Cleandridas, who had settled at Thurii, on which see c. 33.6 note. His appointment to command in Sicily was the immediate result of Alcibiades' advice. Nothing is known of his previous history. ( “His character is in some points not Spartan. He is quick, enterprising, full of resource, able to adapt himself to all men and to all circumstances.” Freeman . This character reminds us of the description which Pericles gave of the Athenians.)

—the art. again because the persons are thought of separately. Contrast c. 80.1 τῷ Ν καὶ Δ ἐδόκει.

Πυθὴν—Corinthian captain. Syr. envoys had gone to Corinth in the winter of 415, and Corinth had at once resolved to assist her colony.

τοῦ Τ—T. has been all genders. In Attic it is masc., on the analogy of all nouns in -ρας; in Alexandrine writers it became fem.; the Romans made it neut.

Τάραντος—Gyl. had been driven by foul weather to seek shelter there. T.—regnata Laconi rura Phalanto—was founded circ. 705 B.C. after the first Messenian war.

ἐπεσκεύασανVI. 104 τὰς ναῦς ἐπεσκεύαζεν. Diod. XIII. 1 τὰς ναῦς ἐπεσκεύασαν . . . τριήρεις κατεσκεύασαν . . . . τοῦ στόλου παρεσκευασμένου. To the Latin sense of apparatus παρασκευὴ corresponds; while κατασκευὴ has the English sense of the same word.

Λοκροὺς—founded about 690 B.C. on land belonging to the Sicels. Now Gerace.

ἤδη—they had received several false reports that Syr. was entirely shut in.

κατὰ τὰς .—via: cf. II. 76.4 κατὰ χῶμα προσάγειν. Epipolae includes all the high ground west of Achradina which was not inclosed in the fortifications of the city.

στρατιᾷ—dat. of accompaniment, only used in naval and military expressions.

ἐβουλεύοντο—because before they had supposed that the only chance of getting into Syr. was by eluding the A. fleet.

ἐν δεξιᾷ λαβόντες—except here Thuc. always uses ἔχειν ἐν δ., ἐν ἀριστερᾷ.

διακινδυνεύσωσιν—so II. 4 ἐβουλεύοντο εἴτε κατακαύσωσιν εἴτε τι ἄλλο χρήσωνται. Thuc. does not use πότερον . . . He uses πότερον twice, VIZ. I. 80 πῶς χρὴ . . ἐπειχθῆναι : πότερον ταῖς ναυσίν ; and VI. 38 τί καὶ βούλεσθε; πότερον ἄρχειν ; In both cases ἀλλὰ follows (ὑποφορά), as in Andoc. I. 148 τίνα γὰρ άναβιβάσωμαι; τὸν πατέρα; ἀλλὰ τέθνηκεν. ἀλλὰ τοὺς ἀδελφούς; ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ εἰσίν.

διακινδυνεύσωσιν ἐσπλεῦσαι—of the compounds of κινδυνεύω, ἀνα-, ἀπο-, δια-, παρα- are found with infin.; ἐπι-, προ-, συγ- are not.

Ἱμέραν—founded 646 B.C. from Zancle, to be a stronghold against Phoenician Panormus. It was destroyed for ever by the Carthaginians in 408.

αὐτούςτοὺς Ἱμεραίους, the name of the people implied in the name of their city, as constantly.

οὓς—after the collective στρατιάν.

καὶ ἔδοξεν—cf. VIII. 8 ἐβουλεύοντο, καὶ ἔδοξε πρῶτον ἐς Χῖον πλεῖν αὐτοῖς.

ὅμως—in spite of his previous indifference; VI. 104 ὑπερεῖδε τὸ πλῆθος . . . καὶ οὐδεμίαν φυλακήν πω ἐποιεῖτο.

ἃς . . . ἀπέστειλε—aor. for plup. in dependent clause, as constantly.

πυνθανόμενος . . . εἶναι—generally πυνθάνομαι and αἰσθάνομαι take the partic.

φυλακὴν—concrete, as in φυλακὰς καθίστασθαι II. 24.

περαιοῦνται διὰ—cf. I. 107 διὰ τοῦ κόλπου περαιοῦσθαι. The accus. is the ordinary constr.

τοῦ πορθμοῦIV. 24 ἔστι δὲ πορθμὸς μεταξὺ Ῥηγίου θἀλασσα καὶ Μεσσήνης.

σχόντες Ῥηγίῳσχεῖν is also constructed with ἐς and κατά. (Bekker Anecd. I. 173 σχών, δοτικῇ: Θουκυδίδης ἑβδόμῳ.)

Μεσσήνῃ—its older name was Zancle, from Sicel Danklon, a reaping-hook, = ἀγκών.

τούς τε Ἱμεραίους—co-ordinate with καὶ τοὺς Σελινουντίους ἐκέλευον.

καὶ αὐτούς—the καὶ is epexegetic, introducing the explanation of ξυμπολεμεῖν.

ἀνείλκυσαν—so that the oarsmen were available as infantry.

τοὺς Σ. πέμψαντες ἐκέλευον—observe (1) that when a partie. and verb apply to a common object, the object follows the constr. required by the partic., (2) that πέμπω is a regular exception to this rule in such phrases as κήρυκα, πρέσβεις, ἀποίκους, πἐμψαντες, as they are so frequently used absolutely that the object is generally not accommodated to the partic. at all: cf. II. 27 τὴν Αίγιναν πέμψαντες εποίκους έχειν: VIII. 40 Ἀστύοχον πέμψαντες ἐκέλευον. Contrast c. 3 μέρος τι πέμψας πρὸς το φρούριον αἱρεῖ: c. 85 ὲπι τους τριακοσιους πἐμψαντες ξυνέλαβον.

πανστρατιᾷ—Selinus only sent ψιλούς τινας καὶ ἱππέας (§ 5), as it was at war with Segesta. (Thuc. is fond of thus contrasting great projects with meagre performances. Cf II. 93.)

χωρίον—meanings (1) a strategical position, (2) a farm.

Σικελῶν τινες—the S were a Latin tribe, and were driven from Latinm into Bruttium, whence they were again driven over to Sicily by the Opicans.

προσχωρεῖν—the greater part of the S. had supported the Athenians through enmity with Syracuse since 451 B.C., when the Sicel lcader Ducetius had defeated the combined forces of Acragas and Syracuse.

Ἀρχωνίδου—he had aided Ducetins in founding Calacte on the N. coast of Sicily. When D. died in 440, Syracuse feared that A. would revive the power of the Sicels, and so made war on them.

ταύτῃ—i.e. those of Northern Sicily.

τινῶν—A. was prince of Herbita, and his territory, or at least his influence, probably extended to Calacte on the north coast.

ἐκ Λακ. . . . ἥκειν—here ἥκω expresses come duly to their assistance, as in βοήθεια ἥξει III. 4; c. 16.3; ὠφελία ἥξει VI. 93. Cf. VI 73 ἐς τὴν Λακεδαίμονα πρέσβεις ἀπέστειλαν ὅπως ξυμμαχία αὐτοῖς παραγένηται. The word ἥκω is constantly so used in drama, esp. in addressing persons who have come to bring help.

προθύμως—cf. VI. 18 π. παραγίγνεσθαι, and c. 66 and 70 π. ἀντιλαβέσθαι.

καὶand so, giving the result, as often.

σφετέρωνἑαυτοῦ would be more correct here and in c. 3.4; but the whole side is meant.

ἐς χιλίους—direct object of ἀναλαβών. A prep. and its case may stand for subj. or obj. of a verb.

τοὺς πάνταςπᾶς preceded by the art. gives the sum total. Cf. II. 7 ἐς τὸν πάντα ἀριθμόν. (The Sicels were always a number of isolated atoms except only when united under Ducetius and to some extent under Archonides.)

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