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τὴν ἄλλην διάνοιαν—their ulterior purpose. βουλευτέα—the plur. of the verbal replacing the sing. is esp. common in Thuc.
ταξίαρχοι—not usually present at the council. 6 ἐκπλευσόμενοι—i.e. before the eclipse. ἔμελλον—here introduces Oratio Obliqua. τὰ ἄνω—Epipolae was to be abandoned There is nothing to show that they had quitted it before this, as Arnold thought. διατειχίσματι—by fencing round a space at the end of the double wall. 14 τοῦ ἄλλου—those who were not needed to guard the narrow space. ἀντιλήψεσθαι—gain; the word implies secure possession. So with ἀντίληψις, seizure, grip, objection.
ὼς . . . καὶ—see on c. 43.1. καὶ ὁπωσοῦν—with ἐπιτήδειος. ἡλικίας μετέχων—i.e. not altogether ἐν τῷ ἀχρείῳ τῆς ἡλικίας (II. 44.4), and so fit for military service. This must mean that non-combatants were to be used, for none of the regular troops could have been otherwise than ἡ. μετέχων. ἐπιτήδειος—opposite of ἀχρεῖος or ἄχρηστος, in a military sense.
καὶ—and so. ἐξ ἀναγκαίου—in desperate straits; best taken alone as an adverbial phrase. (Some edd. make ἀν. fem. agreeing with διανοίας, but τοιαυτης is then very awkward.) Adverbial phrases with ἐκ are very common. τοιαύτης—sc. ἐκ, from the nature of their plan, i.e. considering the difficulties that it involved.
κρατηθῆναι—alluding to cc. 52-3.
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