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When Antigonus died and Demetrius succeeded to the throne,1 Aratus was all the more bent upon getting Athens, and wholly despised the Macedonians. And so, after he had been overcome in a battle at Phylacia by Bithys the general of Demetrius, and reports were rife, one that he had been captured, and another that he was dead,

1 Antigonus Gonatas died in 239 B.C., and was succeeded by his son, Demetrius II., who reigned ten years.

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