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[5] For if he could have held out only two days, and continued his defensive tactics, he would not have needed to fight a battle, but the Macedonians would have gone away and he could have made his own terms with the Achaeans. But now, as I said before, his lack of resources forced him to stake the whole issue on a battle where, as Polybius says,1 he could oppose only twenty thousand men to thirty thousand.

1 Hist. ii. 65. 2 and 7. The battle of Sellasia was fought in June of 221 B.C.

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