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After this battle Pyrrhus returned to his home rejoicing in the splendour which his fame and lofty spirit had brought him; and when he was given the surname of ‘Eagle’ by the Epeirots, ‘Through you,’ he said, ‘am I an eagle; why, pray, should I not be? It is by your arms that I am borne aloft as by swift pinions.’ But a little while after, learning that Demetrius was dangerously sick, he suddenly threw an army into Macedonia, intending merely to overrun and plunder some parts of it.

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