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Both armies march into battle, the Lacedaemonians advancing to the music of flutes.

A. Gellius, Noct. Att. i. 11. 5 quotes this chap. with the remark: auctor historiae graecae grauissimus Thucydides Lacedaemonios summos bellatores non cornuum tubarumue signis, sed tibiarum modulis in proeliis esse usos refert.

ξύνοδος ἦν, Ἀργεῖοι μὲν χωροῦντες Λακεδαιμόνιοι δέ: a decided anacoluthon, ξύνοδος ἦν being treated as if it were ξυνῆλθον. See on ii. 53. 13.

ὀργῇ: summa alacritate (Cl.). Cf. ii. 85. 9; vii. 68. 2.

ὑπὸ αὐλητῶν πολλῶν νόμῳ ἐγκαθεστώτων: to the sound of many flute-players placed among them according to custom. This custom is freq. mentioned. Cf. Hdt.i. 17. 5 f., ὑπὸ συρίγγων; Cie. Tuse. ii. 16. 37, Spartiatarum, quorum procedit mora ad tibiam; Plut. Lyc. 22, ῥυθμῷ πρὸς τὸν αὐλὸν ἐμβαινόντων. See also Milton, Paradise Lost, i. 549 ff. See App.—ἐγκαθεστώτων: i.e. καθεστώτων ἐν αὐτοῖς, referring to their position in the ranks: inter exercitum positi, Gellius.

οὐ τοῦ θείου χάριν: non prorsus ex aliquo ritu religionum neque rei diuinae gratia, Gellius.

προέλθοιεν: see App.

φιλεῖ: solent. See on i. 78. 5.

ποιεῖν: almost in the sense of πάσχειν. So also in c. 71. 2.

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