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1. τὸ τῇ πόλει συμφέρον: cf. 28.8, where τὰ συμφέροντα (with the gen.) is a pure substantive.

4. τρεῖς ὅλους μῆνας: “sat still in Macedonia three whole months,” is of course a rhetorical exaggeration, which is corrected by Demosth. himself. In XIX. 57 he says ἀπεδημήσαμεν τρεῖς μῆνας ὅλους (cf. 158), somewhat less incorrectly; but in 58—60 he gives the exact dates, by which we see that the embassy was absent from Athens only about ten weeks. (See Hist. § 33.)

5. πάντα καταστρεψάμενος: see § 27.—ἐξὸν...ἀφῖχθαι...σῶσαι: ἐξόν represents ἐξῆν, and ἀφῖχθαι is a proper perfect (M.T. 109); lit. it was in our power to have (already) arrived and to save the towns, i.e. we might have done both of these.

6. ὁμοίως, quite as well (as in ten days): the common reading μᾶλλον would mean rather.

9. παρόντων=εἰ παρῆμεν, if we had been there. For the various past tenses with ἄν, all of which are in 8—10, see M.T. 413: thus τῆς εἰρ. ἂν διημαρτήκει is he would have failed to secure the peace (which he had already secured by our absence), and οὐκ ἂν ἀμφότερ᾽ εἶχε is he would not have had both (as he did have).

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    • Demosthenes, On the Crown, 27
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    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, 109
    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, 413
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