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[3] For he was averse to inactivity, and wished to keep his skill as a commander in war, like any other possession, all the while in use and exercise. And he made this evident by what he once said about King Ptolemy. When certain persons were extolling that monarch because he carefully drilled his army day by day, and carefully and laboriously exercised himself in arms, ‘And yet who,’ said Philopoemen, ‘can admire a king of his years for always practising but never performing anything?’

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