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But Aratus presently began to withdraw from the court and little by little to retire from his intimacy with Philip. When the king was about to cross into Epeirus1 and asked him to join the expedition, he refused and remained at home, fearing that he would be covered with ignominy by tine king's proceedings.

1 In 215 B.C. Philip had made an alliance with the Carthaginians against the Romans.

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