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[5] but Aratus, in fear of this boldness, would not suffer his general to hazard the issue, and retired. For this he was reproached by the Achaeans, and jeered at and despised by the Lacedaemonians, who were less than five thousand strong. Cleomenes was therefore greatly lifted up in spirit and began to show a hold front to the citizens; and he would often remind them of one of their ancient kings1 who said, and not idly either, ‘The Lacedaemonians are wont to ask, not how many, but where, their enemies are.’

1 Agis II. (427-398 B.C.); cf. the Morals, pp. 190c; 215d.

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