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Similar proposals are made by influential Argives. Negotiations are begun between the Boeotians and the Argives.

ταῦτα ἐπεσταλμένοι: ἐπιστέλλειν in pass., const. like ἐπιτρέπειν in i. 126. 33. G. 197, N. 2; H. 819 b. With this, ἀπό, not ὑπό, acc. to the usage established by Herbst, gegen Cobet, p. 50 f. Cf. i. 141. 6; iii. 36. 24; 82. 41.

ὥστε: with ἐπιστέλλειν, as in c. 16. 23 with πείθειν.—ἐπὶ τὰ κοινά: pl. of κοινόν. Cf. i. 89. 14; 90. 29; ii. 12. 6. The most important legislative body is meant. Here pl. because both Thebes and Corinth are referred to.

τῆς ἀρχῆς τῆς μεγίστης: prob. the ἀρτῦναι mentioned in c. 47. 53, though it may be that the strategi are intended. See Gilbert, Griech. Staatsalt. II. p. 79, note 2.

ἀπιόντας: sc. ἐπ᾽ οἴκου. Cf. c. 36. 6.—καθ᾽ ὁδόν: i.e. on the way home through Argive territory.

γένοιντο: the opt. depends upon the notion of indir. disc. implied in ἐς λόγους ἦλθον. GMT. 77, 1 c; 53, N. 2; II. 937.—ὥσπερ Κορίνθιοι: cf. c. 31. 26.—Ἠλεῖοι: cf. c. 31. 20.—Μαντινῆς: cf. c. 29. 1.

καὶ πολεμεῖν καὶ σπένδεσθαι, καὶ πρὸς Λακεδαιμονίους καὶ εἴ τινα πρὸς ἄλλον δέοι: two pairs of alternatives. The first concerns the fact (peace or war), the second the persons (Lacedaemonians or anybody else). εἴ τις is equiv. to ὁστισοῦν (cf. i. 14. 11; iv. 26. 16), and cannot be separated, which accounts for the peculiar position of the prep. πρός.

κοινῷ λόγῳ χρωμένους : is the consequence arising from τούτου προχωρήσαντος: “if the Argives, Boeotians, Corinthians, Eleans, and Mantineans pursued a joint policy.” The subj. of νομίζειν is still the two Argives, but when we come to the dependent infs. πολεμεῖν καὶ σπένδεσθαι (with ἄν) introduced by τούτου προχωρήσαντος the subj. embraces the whole body of allies.—εἰ δέοι: if circumstances demanded it.

ἐδέοντο: sc. the two Argives.— ὧνπερ: const. with ἐπεστάλκεσαν. Gen. by assimilation for ἅπερ. See on i. 1. 12; iv. 20. 4. G. 153; II. 994. For τούτων, Schütz and Naber, Mnem. 14, p. 319, prefer τῶν αὐτῶν.—οἱ...φίλοι: οἱ περὶ τὸν Κλεόβουλον δηλονότι, Schol.

δεχομένους τὸν λόγον: almost like an adj., inclined to accept the proposal. Cf. c. 35. 9.

ἀφικόμενοι: sc. at Thebes.— τοῖς Βοιωτάρχαις: see on iv. 91. 4. The Boeotarchs were the chief magistrates of the Boeotian confederacy. At this time they seem to have been eleven in number. Later they were only seven. See Boeckh, Corp. Insc. Gr. I. 729. Hermann, Griech. Staatsalt. § 179, 10. Gilbert, Griech. Staatsalt. II. p. 54 f.

ἠρέσκοντο: see on c. 4. 11.

ξυνεβεβήκει: see on c. 10. 33.

τῶν Λακεδαιμονίων: part. gen. as in 3.—τῶν αὐτῶν: depends upon δεῖσθαι, wanted the same things, i.e. had the same needs and desires as themselves. G. 172, 1; H. 743.

ἐς τὰ ὁμοῖα: Thuc. elsewhere uses σπεύδειν without a prep. (cf. c. 16. 7; vi. 10. 15), but Xen. Cyr. i. 4. 4 has ἐς τὸ αὐτὸ ἡμῖν σπεύδετε. Cf. Aesch. Prom. 192; Eur. Ion. 599 (Kr. proposes to omit ἐς).

παρῆσαν: sc. ἐν Θήβαις.—τὰ εἰρημένα: here refers only to the proposals of 6 ff., not “that which had been agreed upon,” as in c. 35. 18.— 24. προκαλούμενοι: with acc. as in ii. 74. 15, προκαλεσάμενοι γὰρ πολλὰ καὶ εἰκότα οὐ τυγχάνομεν. Cf. c. 111. 19.

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