Philip, having collected the straggling fugitives who had followed his trail after the changing fortunes of the battle-field, sent agents to Larisa to burn the royal records, in order to prevent their falling into the hands of the Romans, and retired into Macedonia.
Quinctius sold part of the prisoners and booty and gave part to the soldiers, and marched towards Larisa, still uncertain where the king had gone and what he was planning.
There the king's herald met him, ostensibly to ask for a truce, that those who had fallen in the battle might be removed for burial, in reality to ask permission to send an embassy. [p. 305]
Both requests were granted by the Roman.
consul, moreover, added that the king should take heart, a phrase which gave great offence to the Aetolians, who were already swollen with pride and complaining that victory had changed the general: before the battle he had been wont to discuss with the allies all matters great and small, but now they were excluded from
all his deliberations, and he decided everything according to his own personal judgment, since he was trying to win a place of private influence with the king, in order that, although the Aetolians had endured the hardships
and toils of the war, the Roman might take to himself the credit for the peace and the profits of victory.2
And beyond doubt something of their honourable position had been lost; but they did not see why they should be utterly ignored.3
They believed that the consul —a man of a soul unconquerable by such cupidity —was eager to receive gifts from the king;
but he was in fact angry at the Aetolians, and with just cause, for their insatiable desire for booty and their arrogance in claiming the glory of the victory for themselves, while with their boasting they had offended the ears of everyone, and he saw that
with Philip out of the way and the power of the Macedonian kingdom broken the Aetolians would be held the masters of Greece.
For these reasons he deliberately took many steps to cause them to be and to seem of less moment and importance in the eyes of all men.