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3. A Messenian, son of Eucletus, was distinguished for rank, wealth, and success in gymnastic contests: moreover, unlike most athletes (says Polybius), he proved himself wise and skilful as a statesman. In B. C. 218 he was sent as ambassador to Philip V. of Macedon, then besieging Palus, in Cephallenia, to ask him to come to the aid of Messenia against Lycurgus, king of Lacedaemon. This request was supported by the traitor Leontius for his own purposes; but Philip preferred listening to the recommendation of the Acarnanians to invade Aetolia, and ordered Eperatus, the Achaean general, to carry assistance to the Messenians. (Paus. 6.14; Polyb.5.5, 7.10; Suid. s. v. Γόργος


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