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Philip's first objective was Maedica. From there he marched across the desolate country between Maedica and the Haemus, and in seven days reached the foot of the mountain range. Here he remained encamped for one day to select those whom he was to take with him, and the next day resumed his march.  The first part of the ascent did not involve much labour, but as they gained higher ground the country became more wooded and overgrown;  and one part of their route was so dark that, owing to the density of the foliage and the interlacing of the branches, the sky was hardly visible.  As they approached the crest, everything was veiled in cloud, an uncommon occurrence at great altitudes, and so dense that they found marching as difficult as at night. At last on the third day they reached the summit.  After their descent they said nothing to contradict the popular belief; more, I suspect, to prevent the futility of their march from becoming a subject of ridicule than because the widely separated seas and mountains and rivers could really be seen from one spot. They were all distressed by the hardships of the march, the king most of all, owing to his age.  He raised two altars there to Jupiter and the Sun, on which he offered sacrifices, and then commenced the descent, which occupied two days, the ascent having taken three.  He was afraid of the cold nights, which, though it was the dog-days, were like the cold in winter.  After all the difficulties he had had to contend against during those five days, he found things just as cheerless in his camp, where they were destitute of everything. This was inevitable in a district surrounded on all sides by uninhabited country.  After one day in camp to rest the men whom he had taken with him, he hastened into the Dentheletic country at a speed which resembled a flight. This people were his allies, but owing to lack of food the Macedonians plundered them as though they were on enemy soil.  Not content with robbing the homesteads, they devastated some of the villages, [11??] and it was with feelings of deep shame that the king heard his allies making fruitless appeals to the gods who watch over treaties and invoking his help and protection. Carrying off a supply of corn he returned to Maedica and made an attempt on a city called Petra.  He fixed his camp on a plain which extended to the city and sent Perseus with a small force to approach the place from higher ground.  With danger threatening them from all sides the townsmen gave hostages and surrendered the place for the time being, but as [14??] soon as the army had withdrawn they forgot all about the hostages, deserted their city and fled to their mountain strongholds.  Philip returned to Macedonia with his men worn out to no purpose by labours and hardships innumerable, and with his mind filled with suspicions of his son through the cunning and treachery of Didas.
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