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[3] Antigonus at first attempted to give aid, but afterwards, since his forces came up to him but slowly from their winter quarters, he ordered them to remain where they were, while he himself proceeded to Argos, having only a few soldiers with him.

And this was the reason why the next attempt of Cleomenes, which was thought to be a deed of extravagant and frantic daring, was really made with great forethought, as Polybius says.1

1 ‘Most people thought this a hazardous and foolhardy step; but those who were capable of judging regarded the measure as at once safe and prudent’ (ii. 64, 1).

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