Growing pains (4)

Growing pains (4) 

The Athenians received another addition to their confederacy in the Megarians; who left the Spartan alliance, annoyed by a war about boundaries forced on them by Corinth. The Athenians occupied Megara and Pegae, and built the Megarians their long walls from the city to Nisaea , in which they placed an Athenian garrison. This was the principal cause of the Corinthians conceiving such a deadly hatred against Athens. (Thucydides 1. 103)

των δε πρεσβυτερων τινες διειπον περι του βιου. κατα δε ετος ‛εκαστον εδοθησαν ‛ιματιον μονον, το δε ταχα τρυχηρον εγενετο. και των πρεσβυτερων ου πολλοι της κρυπτειας μετεχουσι. εις δε την χωραν ηλθον ‛ιματιον τε και ξιφιδιον εχοντες. της μεν ‛ημερας εκειθοντο, της δε νυκτος διωξαντες τους ‛Ειλωτας απεκτειναν.
πρεσβυτερος – older
‛ο βιος – life
κατα δε ετος – each year
εδοθησαν – were given
το ‛ιματιον – cloak
τρυχηρος – worn
‛η κρυπτεια – secret group
μετεχουσι – join
‛η χωρα – countryside
το ξιφιδιον – dagger
της μεν ‛ημερας – during the day
εκειθοντο – lay hidden
διωξαντες – after pursuing
απεκτειναν – killed


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