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Μεσσηνίων ‘Who would not reproach us, if, when the Messenians stood a siege of twenty years in defence of this territory, we should resign it so hastily under a treaty?’ The πολιορκία is the siege of Ithome in the first Messenian War, 743 — 723 B.C., acc. to the legendary chronology. Cp. § 27 διὰ τετρακοσίων ἐτῶν μέλλουσι κατοικίζειν, they propose to restore Messene after the lapse of 400 years: where τριακοσίων would agree better with the common tradition that the Second Messenian War ended, and the conquest of the country by Sparta was completed, about 688 B.C. — Attic Orators, II. 197 — 9. καὶ μηδὲ τῶν προγ. μνησθείημεν ‘and should not even mention our ancestors’ — i.e. should not once recall their laborious conquest of Messenia: — not ‘remember’, which would be μεμνῴμεθα (or μεμνῄμεθα).
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