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At this time, then, when Pyrrhus had been driven back into Epeirus and had given up Macedonia, Fortune put it into his power to enjoy what he had without molestation, to live in peace, and to reign over his own people. But he thought it tedious to the point of nausea if he were not inflicting mischief on others or suffering it at others' hands, and like Achilles could not endure idleness,

but ate his heart away
Remaining there, and pined for war-cry and battle.
1 Filled with such desires, then, he found ground for fresh undertakings in the following circumstances.

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