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[5] But those who were afraid that if peace were made they would be given up to the Romans, reviled the people for tamely submitting to such shameless treatment from a drunken reveller, and banding together they cast Meton out.1

And so the decree was ratified, and the people sent ambassadors to Pyrrhus,2 not only from their own number, but also from the Italian Greeks. These brought gifts to Pyrrhus, and told him they wanted a leader of reputation and prudence,

1 Cf. Dionysius Hal., Excerpta ex lib. xix., 8.

2 In the summer of 281 B.C.

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