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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK VI., CHAPTER III. (search)
or festivals exceeded in number the days of the year; and hence
arose an inefficient government, and as one proof of their un-
statesmanlike acts we may adduce their employment of foreign
generals; for they sent for Alexander,About 332 or 339 B. C. See Heyn. Opusc. Acad. tom. ii. p. 141. king of the Molossi,
to come and assist them against the Messapii and Leucani.
They had before that employed Archidamus, the son of
Agesilaus;About 338 B. C. afterwards they called in CleonymusAbout 303 B. C. and Agathocles,About 330 B. C. and later, when they rose against the Romans, Pyrrhus.About 281 B. C. They were not able even to retain the respect of those
whom they had invited, but rather merited their disgust.
Alexander [of Epirus] was so displeased with them that lie
endeavoured to remove the seat of the general council of the
Greek states in Italy, which was accustomed to assemble at
Heraclea, a city of the Tarentines, to a city of the Thurii;
and he commanded that some place