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E. M. de Ste. Croix calculates he did 9 instances during this conflict (The Origins of the Peloponnesian conflict (Duckworth, 1972), p. 80), although one is susceptible to assert that he left aspects with out ever relatively becoming a member of them. there's a later precis of early Macedonian historical past at II 99–100. a hundred and forty A shadowy determine, in all probability a cousin of Perdiccas and a ruler of Elymiotis in higher Macedon (see Hornblower I, pp. 100–1). 141 Psiloi. The poorer opposite numbers of the hoplites, who couldn't have enough money body-armour and have been often sporting purely inferior guns (see glossary). 142 Anankaias ‘forced’, with the feel the following most likely either one of ‘basic’ and ‘necessary within the circumstances’. 143 most likely a brother of Derdas. one hundred forty four military rations clear of domestic have been usually supplemented through transitority ‘markets’ provided by means of within sight cities (in this example Potidaea and Olynthus) in addition to through foraging and plunder. See agora in word list and that i 11n. a hundred forty five ‘sixty stades’. A stade used to be simply over 2 hundred yards (185 metres). See be aware on distances, and so forth. , p. lvii. 146 now not these of Perdicas, after all (now at the different part again), yet these of Philip and Pausanias mentioned at I fifty nine and sixty one. four. 147 The tombstone commemorating the battle lifeless survives and is within the British Museum. 148 the outline of the several partitions and counter-walls is complicated. apparently counter-walls equipped by way of the besiegers may be of 2 types: small, round shielding ones that enclosed and guarded their very own place, and blocking ones which bring to an end or enclosed the partitions of the besieged. the obvious interpretation is that the Athenian partitions either to north and (later) to south have been of the latter variety, in order that Potidaea used to be thoroughly hemmed in through land and sea. See word list lower than teichos. 149 Anocoche, a truce. the final note for ‘treaty’ is spondai (as at I sixty seven. 1–2 and one hundred fifteen. 1 below), notwithstanding you may after all have a truce with no treaty (as at V 32. 7 and as within the modern case of North and South Korea). In perform, Thucydides used to be not likely fullyyt constant in his usages (see I 103. 1 and II 6. 1, the place hupo-spondoi obviously capability ‘under truce’). See extra thesaurus less than spondai. a hundred and fifty Independently, that's, of the Peloponnesian League, although because the Corinthians came upon themselves within the admire of the Athenian involvement in Corcyra there can be a skinny line among ‘private’ projects and foreign tasks. 151 most likely back a connection with the Thirty 12 months Treaty of 446 BC, even though little is understood approximately how that affected Aegina. 152 Sophrosune, that are variously translated as ‘moderation’, ‘restraint’ and ‘prudence’ (see 32. four, 37. 2 above and glossary). Sparta used to be a notoriously closed and xenophobic society with fierce inner controls. 153 an analogous worry that Pericles has in opposite from the Athenian finish (I a hundred and forty four. 1). 154 The Greek diapheronta, just like the English ‘differences’, is ambiguous among ‘distinctions’ and ‘disagreements’. one hundred fifty five actually, doing what's necessary/one's accountability (ta deonta praxai). the following it's virtually ‘in performing out those compulsions’.

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