and national advancement
The Aetolians and Antigonus Doson, B. C. 229-220.
which these events brought to the Achaeans
excited the envy of the Aetolians; who, besides
their natural inclination to unjust and selfish
aggrandisement, were inspired with the hope of
breaking up the union of Achaean states, as they had before succeeded in partitioning those of Acarnania with Alexander,Alexander II. of Epirus, son of Pyrrhus, whom he succeeded B. C. 272.
The partition of Acarnania took place in B. C. 266. and
had planned to do those of Achaia with Antigonus Gonatas.
Instigated once more by similar expectations, they had now
the assurance to enter into communication and close alliance
at once with Antigonus (at that time ruling Macedonia as
guardian of the young King Philip), and with Cleomenes,
King of Sparta. They saw that Antigonus had undisputed
possession of the throne of Macedonia, while he was an open
and avowed enemy of the Achaeans owing to the surprise of the
Acrocorinthus; and they