ill or force could sustain did they put in use against each
other, as before; every imaginable privation was submitted
to; surprises and pitched battles were alike tried: and
finally they left the combat a drawn one, not, as Fabius says,
from utter weakness and misery, but like men still unbroken
and unconquered. The fact is that before either party had got
completely the better of the other, though they had maintained
the conflict for another two years, the war happened to be decided in quite a different manner. B. C. 243-242.
Such was the state of affairs at Eryx and with the forcesThe obstinate persistence of the Romans and Carthaginians.
employed there. The two nations engaged
were like well-bred game-cocks that fight to
their last gasp. You may see them often, when
too weak to use their wings, yet full of pluck to
the end, and striking again and again. Finally, chance brings
them the opportunity of once more grappling, and they hold
on until one or other of them drops down dead.
ing the banishment of Cleomenes, without
once thinking of appointing kings at Sparta, no sooner heard
of the death of Cleomenes than they were eager—populace
and Ephors alike—to restore kingly rule. Agesipolis appointed king.
Accordingly the Ephors who were in sympathy with the conspirators, and who had
made the alliance with Aetolia which I just now mentioned, did
so. One of these kings so restored they appointed in accordance with the regular and legal succession, namely Agesipolis.
B. C. 242. He was a child at the time, a son of Agesipolis, and grandson of
that Cleombrotus who had become king, as the
next of kin to this family, when Leonidas was
driven from office. As guardian of the young king they elected
Cleomenes, son of Cleombrotus and brother of Agesipolis.
Of the other royal house there were surviving two sons ofand Lycurgas.
Archidamus, son of Eudamidas, by the daughter
of Hippodemon; as well as Hippodemon himself, the son of Agesilaus, and several other members of