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Dorimachus Consents To Depart The men of military age having assembled in arms at The armed levy of Achaeans summoned. Megalopolis, in accordance with the decree of the federal assembly, the Messenian envoys once more came forward, and entreated the people not to disregard the flagrant breach of treaty from which they were suffering; and expressed their willingness to become allies of the league, and their anxiety to be enrolled among its members. The Achaean magistrates declined the offered a
to their relief, if the envoys there present
would place their sons in Sparta, as hostages for their promise
not to make terms with the Aetolians without the consent of
the Achaeans. The Spartans among the rest were encamped
on the frontier of Megalopolis, having marched out in accordance with the terms of their alliance; but they were acting
rather as reserves and spectators than as active allies. Dorimachus ordered to quit Messenia without passing through Achaia. Having
thus settled the terms