The members of the Council then passed a decree admitting Philip and his
descendants to the Amphictyonic Council and according him two votes which formerly had been
held by the Phocians,1
now defeated in
war. They also voted that the three cities2
in the possession of the Phocians should have their walls removed and
that the Phocians should have no participation in the shrine of Delphi or in the Council of the
Amphictyons; that they should not be permitted to acquire either horses or arms until they
should have repaid to the god the monies they had pillaged; that those of the Phocians who had
fled and any others who had had a share in robbing the sanctuary were to be under a curse and
subject to arrest wherever they might be;
that all the cities
of the Phocians were to be razed and the men moved to villages, no one of which should have
more than fifty houses, and the villages were to be not less than a stade distant from one
another; that the Phocians were to possess their territory and to pay each year to the god a
tribute of sixty talents until they should have paid back the sums entered in the registers at
the time of the pillaging of the sanctuary. Philip, furthermore, was to hold the Pythian games
together with the Boeotians and Thessalians,3
Corinthians had shared with the Phocians in the sacrilege committed against the god.
The Amphictyons and Philip were to hurl the arms of the Phocians and
their mercenaries down the crags and burn what remained of them and to sell the horses. In
similar tenor the Amphictyons laid down regulations for the custody of the oracle and other
matters affecting due respect for the gods and the general peace and concord of the Greeks.
Thereafter, when Philip had helped the Amphictyons give
effect to their decrees and had dealt courteously with all, he returned to Macedonia, having
not merely won for himself a reputation for piety and excellent generalship, but having also
made important preparations for the aggrandizement that was destined to be his.
For he was ambitious to be designated general of Hellas in supreme
command and as such to prosecute the war against the Persians. And this was what actually came
to pass. But these events we shall record severally in their proper periods; we shall now
proceed with the thread of our narrative.