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[5] Assistance to Antipater, namely, was what he alleged as a pretext for his expedition, but he really meant, as soon as he had crossed into Europe, to lay claim to Macedonia; and he showed certain letters from Cleopatra1 in which she invited him to come to Pella and promised to marry him. But Eumenes, either because he was afraid of Antipater, or because he despaired of Leonnatus as a capricious man full of uncertain and rash impulses, took his own equipment and decamped by night.2 And he had three hundred horsemen, two hundred armed camp-followers, and in gold what would amount to five thousand talents of money.

1 The sister of Alexander, widow, since 326 B.C., of the king of Epeirus. No less than six of Alexander's generals sought her hand in marriage.

2 According to Nepos ( Eumenes, ii. 4), Leonnatus, failing to persuade Eumenes, tried to kill him.

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