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οἶς ταῦτα ἤρεσκε—Classen reads ταὑτά, on the ground that there is nothing sufficiently definite for ταῦτα to refer to. In line 5 he alters καθεύδοντες into ἐκκαθεύδοντες, ‘sleeping out of their quarters’, i.e. stationed as a watch; a word which is found only in Xen. Hel. ii. 4. 24.

αὐτῶν—with οἱ μέν τινες: there is a similar order in i. 21, τὰ πολλὰ ὐπὸ χρόνου αὐτῶν, κ.τ.λ. αἳ ἐφρούρουν δύο— the numeral is put predicatively in the relative clause; so vii. 43, τὰ στρατόπεδα ἦν ἐπὶ τῶν Ἐπιπολῶν τρία: cf. the construction of σφῶν in ch. 109. 2: ὅσαι ἦσαν τῶν τεθνεώτων, i. 8.

ἐς τὴν Λήκυθον τὸ φρούριον—similar instances of the article are noted on ch. 66, 21. αὐτοί—emphatic, as in ch. 66, 23, ἐν αὐτοὶ μόνοι ἐφρούρουν.

καταλαβόντες—probably to be taken with εἶχον, ‘which they had occupied and held’: ἄκρον is then in apposition with Λήκυθον. In Poppo's edition there is a comma after αὐτοί, and ἄκρον is governed directly by καταλαβόντες.

ἄκρον—a promontory or ‘end’ of the city. ἐς τὴν θάλασσαν άπειλημμένον—‘projecting into the sea and cut off by a narrow isthmus’: for ἀπολαμβάνω cf. ch. 45, 9. ἐν seems to designate the physical point at or in which the cutting off from the mainland was effected: cf. ch. 120, 18.

ἐς αὐτούς—here ‘to join them’: the preposition is in fact used of approach in any form: see note on ch. 95, 11. σφίσι refers to the main subject of the sentence, the Athenians; so vii. 70, πανταχόθεν σφίσι...ἐπιφερομένων, where the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence before.

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