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[5] but Thoenon was accused by Pyrrhus of complicity with Sosistratus and put to death.1 With this, the situation of Pyrrhus was suddenly and entirely changed. A terrible hatred arose against him in the cities, some of which joined the Carthaginians, while others called in the Mamertines. And now, as he saw everywhere secessions and revolutionary designs and a strong faction opposed to him, he received letters from the Samnites and Tarentines, who had been excluded from all their territories, could with difficulty maintain the war even in their cities, and begged for his assistance.

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

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