683 In the Greek, ἄριστος (“best”) is emphasized by standing last: Greeks are not necessarily the best in every sphere of life, and if not in archery, perhaps also not in their beliefs about birds. His skill as an archer anticipates the narrative to follow, and the combination of intellectual and practical virtues mirrors the depiction of Ezekias at 1.187. On the translation of βάρβαρος, see note to “Greeks” at 1.58. The context lends its use here a certain irony.