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Capture of Megalopolis But Cleomenes was on the alert. He saw that the Macedonians in the army of Antigonus had been sent home; and that the king and his mercenaries in Aegium were three days' march from Megalopolis; and this latter town he well knMegalopolis; and this latter town he well knew to be difficult to guard, owing to its great extent, and the sparseness of its inhabitants; and, moreover, that it was just then being kept with even greater carelessness than usual, owing to Antigonus being in the country; and what was more impo
its men of military age had fallen at the battles of Lycaeum
and Ladoceia. There happened to be residing in Megalopolis
some Messenian exiles; by whose help he managed, under
cover of night, to get within the walls without being detected. o preclude the least hope that it
might ever be restored. The reason of his acting in this
manner was, I believe, that Megalopolis and Stymphalus
were the only towns in which, during the vicissitudes of
that period, he never succeeded in obtaining a