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35. 27. μηδετέρων—on account of the subjective sense given by δεχόμενοι—it is from the Lac. point of view.

[2] 28. εἴρηταιthere is a clause in the thirty years' truce.

1. ἀρέσκηται—sc. ἐλθεῖν, mid., not as in c. 129 τοῖς λόγοις ἀρέσκομαι. The use of the mid. is Ionic.

[3] 5. προκειμένηςopen to all.

7. εἶταand actually as a climax of arrogance an object if you help us.

9. ἐν αἰτίᾳ ἔχειν—a frequent idiom in Thuc. (Kr., followed by Steup, reads ὠφελίας εἴ τε ἐν ... δεόμεθα, πολὺ δή κτλ.)

[4] 11. οὐχ ὅπωςso far from.

14. περιόψεσθε—in sense=ἐάσετε, hence the infin. With the partic. περιορᾶν=to overlook what actually occurs; 1.24.6.

ἥν—sc. δύναμιν προσλαβεῖν αὐτοὺς περιιδεῖν.

ἀλλ̓—sc. δίκαιόν ἐστι.

15. κἀκείνων ... καὶ ἡμῖν—i.e. stop them too from getting help, if you will not help us, or help us too if you let them ‘help themselves’ from your empire. κωλύω with a pers. object and without infin., ‘stop the mercenaries they draw,’ is not common; Eur. frag. 1041 Nauck οἰκοφθόρον γὰρ ἄνδρα κωλύει γυνὴ ἐσθλή.

16. πέμπειν ὠφελίαν—means send aid without concluding a formal alliance: βοηθεῖν ἀπὸ τοῦ π. δεξαμένους=‘openly receive us into alliance and so help us.’

[5] 19. ὑπείπομεν — ‘suggested.’ The ref. is to c. 33. 1 γενήσεται καλὴ ξυντυχία κατὰ πολλά.

20. μέγιστον—sc. τὸ ξυμφέρον ἀποδείκνυμεν. We have the same powerful enemies as you have; and that is a great advantage to you, because it will bind us to you.

21. ἦσανare, as we saw; the didactio imperf.; but the word is prob. spurious, because (1) this use of the imperf. is not made out for the speeches of Thuc.: (2) we cannot supply ἦσαν to what follows—οὖτοι ... βλάψαι—but require εἰσίν, since nothing has been said to suggest that.

23. τοὺς μεταστάνταςthose who shall have abandoned your alliance. This seems more probable than the rendering ‘those who have abandoned them (Corinth),’ as the mothercity. Athens may feel that Corcyra would be afraid to abandon the alliance with her.

24. οὐχ ὁμοία ἀλλοτρίωσις—Classen and others understand ‘the rejection of it is not the same thing (as if it were a continental alliance),’ i.e is more dangerous to you. Stahl, Steup and others: to estrange us is not a matter of indifference to you, which accounts better for the ἀλλά following: ‘but you should make friends with a naval power if you cannot prevent its existence.’

26. ἐᾶν ... ἔχειν—infin. in imperative sense. (Some think δεῖ is lost before εἰ δὲ μή.)

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