But upon the death of Antigonus1 the Aetolians, despising the Achaeans on account of their slothful ways (for now that they were accustomed to save themselves by other men's prowess and had taken shelter behind the Macedonian arms, they were living in great inactivity and lack of discipline), proceeded to interfere in the affairs of Peloponnesus;2 and after plundering the territories of Patrae and Dyme on their way, they invaded Messenia and ravaged it.
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