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After this, learning that Flaccus, a man of the opposite faction, had been chosen consul1 and was crossing the Ionian sea with an army, ostensibly against Mithridates, but really against himself, he set out towards Thessaly in order to meet him. But when he was come to the city of Meliteia, tidings reached him from many quarters that the regions behind him were ravaged again by an army of the king which was no smaller than the former.

1 With Cinna, to succeed Marius, who died in 86 B.C.

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