He was greatly encouraged in this undertaking by a dream
which gave intimation of great increase of power and glory. In his sleep, namely, it seemed
that he was remodelling with his own hands the bronze statue1
which the Amphictyons had dedicated in the temple of Apollo, making
it much taller and larger. He accordingly assumed that a sign was being given to him from the
gods that there would be an increase of glory because of his services as general. But the truth
turned out to be otherwise, rather the contrary was indicated because of the fact that the
Amphictyons had dedicated the statue out of the fines paid by the Phocians who had acted
lawlessly toward the shrine and had been fined for so doing. What was indicated was that the
fine of the Phocians would take on an increase at the hands of Onomarchus; and such turned out
to be the case.
Onomarchus, when he had been chosen general in
supreme command, prepared a great supply of weapons from the bronze and iron, and having struck
coinage from the silver and gold distributed it among the allied cities and chiefly gave it as
bribes to the leaders of those cities. Indeed he succeeded in corrupting many of the enemy too,
some of whom he persuaded to fight on his side, and others he required to maintain the peace.
He easily accomplished everything because of man's greed. In
fact he persuaded even the Thessalians, who were held in highest esteem amongst the allies, by
bribes to maintain the peace. In his dealings with the Phocians also he arrested and executed
those who opposed him and confiscated their property. After invading the territory of the
he took Thronion3
by storm and reduced its
inhabitants to slavery, and having intimidated the Amphissans4
by threats he forced them to submit.
sacked the cities of the Dorians5
and ravaged their territory. He invaded Boeotia, captured
Orchomenus, then, having attempted to reduce Chaeroneia by siege and being defeated by the
Thebans, he returned to his own territory.