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[4] All the rest, then, proceeded to set forth, save only Neon; for it seemed best to leave him behind to keep guard over what was in the camp. But when his captains and soldiers began to abandon him, being ashamed not to follow along when the others were setting out, the generals left behind at the camp everybody who was over forty-five years of age.1 So these remained and the rest took up the march.

1 The original plan was to leave Neon and his division to guard the camp. But since Neon's men insisted upon going with the rest, the generals decided to leave, not one of the regular divisions of the army, but the older men from the entire army.

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