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On this Perseus left Dium and went back into Macedonia, cheered by a faint breath of hope because he had heard that Marcius had said it was for his sake that he had undertaken the mission.  They met at the appointed place. The king was attended by a large suite consisting of his personal friends and his bodyguard, and the Romans appeared with quite as numerous an escort, many accompanying them from Larisa, as well as the delegations from the various cities who wanted to take trustworthy reports of what they heard. Men were naturally anxious to witness the meeting of a famous monarch with the representatives of the foremost people in the whole world.  When they stood to view with only the river between them, there was a slight delay while it was being settled which party should cross the river.  The one party thought that precedence ought to be given to royalty, the other considered that something was due to the great name of Rome, especially as it was Perseus who had sought the interview.  While they were hesitating Marcius quickened their movements by a jest: "Let the younger come to the elder and"-his own cognomen was "Philippus"-"the son to the father." The king fell in with this at once. Then a fresh difficulty arose as to the number that should accompany him.  The king thought that he ought to cross with the whole of his suite, but the Romans said he must cross with three attendants, or if all that number did cross he must give securities against any treachery during the conference.  He gave as hostages Hippias and Pantauchus, chief among his friends whom he had formerly sent as envoys. The hostages were not so much needed to guarantee the king's good faith as to make the allies see that the king was by no means meeting the Romans on equal teems.  They greeted one another not as foes but in a friendly and genial tone, and then sat down on the seats placed for them.
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