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[2] But when, accustomed as he was to be general every other year, his turn came round again and he was invited to take the office, he formally declined,1 and Timoxenus was chosen general.2 Now the grounds usually given for this refusal of Aratus, namely, his anger at the people, were not thought to be convincing, and the real reason for it was the situation of the Achaeans. For the invasions of Cleomenes were no longer quiet and restrained, as formerly, nor was he fettered by the civil authorities,

1 Cf. the Cleomenes, xv. 1.

2 For the year 224 B.C.

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