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[3] He therefore called Damoteles, the commander of the secret service contingent,1 and ordered him to observe and find out how matters stood in the rear and on the flanks of his array. But Damoteles (who had previously been bribed, as we are told, by Antigonus) told him to have no concern about flanks and rear, for all was well there, but to give his attention to those who assailed him in front, and repulse them. So Cleomenes, putting faith in what he was told, advanced upon Antigonus,

1 A rural police with the special duty of watching the Helots, or slave population.

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