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The real reason of the war was the fear the Lacedaemonians felt of the growing power of the Athenians. ἐψηφίσαντο δέ: a resumption of what precedes with δέ epexegetic, the verb pointing on to the reason following (οὐ τοσοῦτον κτἑ.), as the chief contents of the chapter. οὐ τοσοῦτον - ὅσον: = “less—than.” See on c. 9. 2; 11. 1. φοβούμενοι...μή : see on c. 72. 8; 78. 3; 82. 26.— 4. δυνηθῶσιν: the aor. stands to δύνασθαι as ἰσχῦσαι (c. 3. 8) to ἰσχύειν; and so ἐπὶ μεῖζον. Cf. c. 10. 20; 21. 3; iv.117.12; viii.24.22; 74. 12. Thuc. very rarely, if ever, uses the opt. with μή after verbs of fear. We have thus again stated the ἀληθεστάτη πρόφασις ἀφανεστάτη δὲ λόγῳ of c. 23. § 6, which also speaks of the Athenians as φόβον παρέχοντας τοῖς Λακεδαιμονίοις. HISTORY OF THE GROWING POWER OF THE ATHENIANS FROM THE BATTLE OF MYCALE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR, B.C. 479-431. Chaps. 89118. This period is called by the Greek grammarians ἡ πεντηκονταετία or ἡ πεντηκονταετηρίς.
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