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The Athenians prepare to invest the city.

ἐπιρρωσθέντες: cf. iv. 36. 12; vi. 93. 4; vii. 2. 9; 7. 15; 17. 10; viii. 89. 8; 106. 21.—3.

παρῆσαν: =παρεγένοντο. See on c. 3. 19.—

οὐδὲν ἰσχυρόν: the adj. with subst. force, “no energetic effort.” Cf. οὐδὲν ἀληθές, v. 45. 12; βίαιον οὐδέν, vi. 54. 16; τι αἰσχρόν, iv. 27. 11; viii. 9. 14.— 4.

περιορμισάμενοι τὸ πρὸς νότον τῆς πόλεως: after they had come around to anchor south of the city. But since a part of the fleet must have continued at anchor north of the city (cf. c. 4. 18), καί, also, was to be ex pected, after περιορμισάμενοι. See App. —5.

ἑκατέρωθεν τῆς πόλεως: see App. —6.

τοὺς ἐφόρμους ἐπ̓ ἀμφοτέροις τοῖς λιμέσιν ἐποιοῦντο: the two harbours which Strabo (xiii. 2. 2) describes, were formed, somewhat like the two Syracusan harbours, by an island lying in front of the city. ἐπί, which is wanting with ἐφορμεῖν in vii. 3. 21, is repeated, for the sake of clearness, with ἐφόρμους ἐποιοῦντο.

τῆς μὲν θαλάσσης εἶργον μὴ χρῆσθαι: unusual limiting inf. after τῆς θαλάσσης εἴργειν (see on i. 141. 16); or perhaps the natural obj. of the inf. is construed proleptically with εἶργον (Kr. Spr. 61, 6, 8; Kühn. 600, 3 β). For μή with inf. after verbs of hindering, see GMT. 807; H. 1029. —9.

οἱ ἄλλοι Λέσβιοι: i.e. from the cities allied with Mytilene. Cf. c. 5. 3, and see on c. 2. 2.—10.

ναύσταθμον: here and vi. 49. 18, the base of operations, where material for the ships, as well as provisions for the crews, was kept. In this general sense of station it may properly take both gens., πλοίων καὶ ἀγορᾶς, after it. —11.

μᾶλλον: sc. than the southern camp. The station first occupied at Malea was the more important of the two. See on c. 4. 15.—12.

τὰ μὲν περὶ Μυτιλήνην: most naturally construed as nom., as in iv. 23. 9. Cf. Xen. Anab. iv. 4. 1 ὅσα ἐπολεμήθη. This const. is rendered more prob. by the analogy of similar concluding formulae: c. 51. 1; 68. 39; 114. 24; ii. 54. 20; iv. 41. 17; vii. 30. 19; 87. 27. Kr. construes as acc., as in ii. 96. 17; iv. 108. 8; v. 52. 5.

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