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Ambassadors of the Mytileneans present their cause in an assembly of the Peloponnesian allies at Olympia.

ἐπὶ τῆς πρώτης νεώς: cf. c. 4. 16 and 5. 16.—2.

εἶπον: =ἐκέλευσαν, as in c. 3. 16. See on i. 78. 10. —

Ὀλυμπίαζε παρεῖναι: cf. ii. 34. 11; Xen. Anab. i. 2. 2 παρῆσαν εἰς Σάρδεις. Kühn. 447, N. 4.—3.

οἱ ἄλλοι ξύμμαχοι: i.e. the rest of the members of the Peloponnesian alliance. Cf. v. 62. 7, and see Steup on Thucydides's freq. use of ξύμμαχοι to indicate members of a confederation or coalition, Rh. Mus. xxxv. p. 323.—4.

ἦν δὲ . . . ἐνίκα: explanatory clause inserted parenthetically. The date was Olympiad 88, B.c. 428. —5.

Δωριεύς: son of Diagoras, victor three times in succession at Olympia (Paus. vi. 7. 1), as well as in numerous other contests (Paus. vi. 7. 4). He fought in the Decelean war on the Spartan side (viii. 35. § 1; Xen. Hell. i. 1. 2; Diod. xiii. 38, 43), and was captured by the Athenians, but on account of his fame as an athlete was released without ransom (Xen. Hell. i. 5. 19; Paus. vi. 7. 4, 5). See Müller, Dorier, iii. 148 ff.—

ἐνίκα: was victor, as in v. 49. 2. For the force of the pres. and impf. of this verb, see GMT. 27; Kr. Spr. 53, 1, 3-4.—

μετὰ τὴν ἑορτήν: generally regarded as celebrated at the first full moon after the summer solstice. But Unger prob. rightly decides for the full moon in August, i.e. the 8th Elean month, Apollonios = Attic Metageitnion. See Philol. xxxiii. p. 227 ff. and Handbuch d. kl. Alterthumsw. i. p. 603 f.; also Nissen, Rh. Mus. xl. p. 349 ff.; and A. Mommsen, Über die Zeit der Olympien, 1891.— 6.

κατέστησαν ἐς λόγους: met in council, sc. as subj. the Peloponnesians. Cf. c. 70. 8; iv. 58. 4.

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