From Cibyra the army was led through the territory of the people of Sinda and crossing the Caulares river went into camp.
The next day they marched along the marsh of Caralitis; they encamped near Madamprus. As they advanced from there the inhabitants fled in terror from the neighbouring town of Lagum; empty of men and filled with abundance of all things, the town was sacked.
Thence they moved to the sources of the Lysis river and next day to the Cobulatus river.1
Troops from Termessus [p. 49]
were at that time besieging the citadel of the2
Isiondenses after capturing the town. The besieged, since there was no other hope of relief, sent envoys to the consul asking aid: shut up in the citadel with their wives and children, they were expecting death day by day, to be suffered by either the sword or starvation.
Thus the eager consul was offered an occasion to turn aside into Pamphylia. By his arrival he rescued the Isiondenses from siege; on payment of fifty talents of silver he granted peace to Termessus; he did the same for the Aspendians and other peoples of Pamphylia.
Returning from Pamphylia, he encamped the first day on the river Taurus, the next at what they call Xylines Comê.3
Advancing from there by continuous marches he came to the city of Cormasa. Darsa is the nearest town; this he found deserted by the inhabitants through fear, but full of all sorts of supplies. As he marched along the marshes ambassadors came from Lysinoë surrendering their city.
Then they entered the country of the Sagalassenes, rich and abounding in all kinds of crops. Pisidians inhabit it, by far the best warriors in this region.
This circumstance gave them courage, as well as the fertility of the soil and their large population and the situation of their fortified town in a land where such strongholds were few. Since no embassy met him at the frontier, the consul sent out parties to plunder the fields. Then at last their stubbornness was broken when they saw their property being carried and driven away; sending ambassadors and agreeing to pay fifty talents, twenty thousand medimni
of wheat and as many of barley, they obtained peace.
Then he proceeded to the Rhotrine springs and encamped at a village which they call [p. 51]
Thither the next day Seleucus5
came from Apamea.
When the consul had sent back thence to Apamea the sick and his useless equipment, receiving from Seleucus guides for the march, he came that day into the country of Metropolis and the following day to Dyniae in Phrygia.
From there he marched to Synnada, all the towns in the neighbourhood being deserted through fear.
Dragging after him a column which was now overloaded with their booty and barely accomplishing a march of five miles in a whole day, he arrived at Beudos, which they call “the Old.” Next he reached Anabura and the following day the sources of the Alander, and the third he encamped at Abbassius.
There he maintained his camp for many days because he had come to the frontiers of the Tolostobogii.6