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[3] And the Athenians, carrying their flattery of the Macedonians to the highest pitch of levity, crowned themselves with garlands as soon as they heard that Aratus was dead. Therefore he was wroth, and at once made an expedition against them, and advanced as far as the Academy; then he listened to their entreaties and did them no harm.

So the Athenians came to recognize the excellence of his character, and when, upon the death of Demetrius,1 they set out to regain their freedom, they called upon him.

1 In 229 B.C. He was succeeded by Antigonus Doson, who reigned nine years.

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