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σχετλιώτατον ‘most intolerable’: cp. Philipp. § 103, p. 105, σχετλιώτατος, ‘most heartless’: or. XVIII. § 35, λέξειν ὡς δεινὰ καὶ σχέτλια πείσεται, ‘monstrous and cruel things’.

φιλοπονώτατοι ‘most laborious’: referring to the military and athletic exercises of the Spartans. Cp. Arist. Pol. v [VIII] 4. § 4, ἔτι δ᾽ αὐτοὺς τοὺς Λάκωνας ἴσμεν, ἕως μὲν αὐτοὶ προσήδρευον ταῖς φιλοπονίαις, ὑπερέχοντας τῶν ἄλλων, νῦν δὲ καὶ τοῖς γυμνασίοις καὶ τοῖς πολεμικοῖς ἀγῶσι λειπομένους ἑτέρων. Isocr. or. I. § 40, πειρῶ τῷ μὲν σώματι εἶναι φιλόπονος, τῇ δὲ ψυχῇ φιλόσοφος. But of literary industry as opp. to physical effort, Epist. VIII. § 5, δωρεῶν ἀξιοῦσι τοὺς ἐν τοῖς γυμνικοῖς ἀγῶσι κατορθοῦντας μᾶλλον τοὺς τῇ φρονήσει καὶ τῇ φιλοπονίᾳ τι τῶν χρησίμων εὑρίσκοντας.

ὧν καὶ ποιήσασθαι, κ.τ.λ. ‘worthy of any [καί] mention’ — Thuc. I. 15, κατὰ γῆν δὲ πόλεμος, ὅθεν τις καὶ δύναμις (any power) παρεγένετο, οὐδεὶς ξυνέστη: IV. 48, οὐ γάρ ἔτι ἦν ὑπόλοιπον τῶν ἑτέρων τι καὶ ἀξιόλογον.

ἅπαξ ἡττηθέντες by the Thebans under Epameinondas at Leuctra, 371 B.C.: cp. § 10 of this speech, εἰ δέ...προησόμεθά τι τῶν ἡμετέρων αὐτῶν, βεβαιώσομεν τὰς Θηβαίων ἀλαζονείας καὶ πολὺ σεμνότερον τρόπαιον τοῦ περὶ Λεῦκτρα...στήσομεν καθ᾽ ἡμῶν αὐτῶν.

μιᾶς εἰσβολῆς At this time (366 B.C.) Epameinondas had thrice invaded the Peloponnesus — in 370, 369, 367 B.C. But he had invaded Laconia only once — in 370 B.C. The next invasion of Laconia occurred shortly before the battle of Mantineia in 362 B.C.

πῶς δ᾽ ἂν...ἀνταρκέσειαν ‘And how should such men [i.e. those who succumb to a single reverse] hold out against prolonged ill fortune?’ δυστυχοῦντες implies εἰ δυστυχοῖεν, but is in close connection with ἀνταρκέσειαν.

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