Quinctius also, hearing of this, came from Corinth by ship and in the Chalcidian Euripus met King Eumenes.1
It was decided that five hundred [p. 117]
men should be left at Chalcis as a guard by King2
Eumenes and that the king himself should go to Athens.
Quinctius hurried to Demetrias, for which he had set out, in the belief that the liberation of Chalcis would have some effect upon the Magnetes in favour of renewing
the Roman alliance and, that there might be some protection for the men of his party, he wrote to Eunomus, the praetor of the Thessalians, that he should arm his young men, and he sent Villius ahead to Demetrias, to test their sentiments, without any intention of attempting any action unless some portion of them was disposed to have regard for the former alliance.
Villius, in a ship of five banks of oars, sailed up to the mouth of the harbour. When all the people of the Magnetes had rushed there, Villius asked whether they would prefer that he had come to friends or to enemies.
Eurylochus the Magnetarch replied that he came to friends; but he should keep out of the harbour and permit the Magnetes to live in harmony and liberty and should not, under the pretence of a conference, stir up the populace.
Then there was a violent argument, not a conversation, the Roman reproaching the Magnetes for ingratitude and foretelling impending disaster, the crowd raising an uproar while accusing now the senate and now Quinctius. So without accomplishing anything Villius rejoined Quinctius.
But Quinctius sent a messenger to the praetor to lead his troops back home and himself with his ships returned to Corinth.