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[3] As long, however, as Aratus lived, they were dependent for the most part on Macedonian armies, paying court to Ptolemy, and then again to Antigonus and Philip, all of whom busied themselves in the affairs of Greece. But when Philopoemen was advanced to leadership among them,1 they were at last capable of contending alone with their most powerful neighbours, and ceased to rely upon foreign protectors.

1 In 207 B.C.; Aratus had died in 213.

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