When shouts to this effect were uttered by the whole council, all speaking at once, their words reached Philip even standing at a distance.
Accordingly he asked Quinctius to postpone the whole question until the next day: he would assuredly persuade them or suffer himself to be persuaded. The beach near Thronium was selected for the meeting.
Thither all came at an early hour. There Philip first asked both Quinctius and all the others who were present not to entertain views which would disturb the hope of peace, and finally begged for time in which he could send an embassy to the senate at Rome:
he would either obtain peace on these terms or submit to whatever conditions of peace the senate imposed.
The others did not all like this suggestion: for nothing else, they said, was sought than postponement and delay to collect fresh troops;
Quinctius argued that this would have been true had it been summer and the time for active operations; now, with winter at hand, nothing was lost by granting an interval to send ambassadors:
for none of the agreements they had made with the king could be ratified except on the authority of the senate, and while winter gave the necessary respite from war the views of the senate could be sought.
The other leaders of the allies also agreed with this opinion; and having granted a truce of two months, they too decided to send one ambassador each to advise the senate, lest it be deceived by the [p. 265]
king's misrepresentations. A stipulation was added1
to the agreement regarding the truce, that the king's garrisons should be immediately withdrawn from Phocis and Locris.
And Quinctius himself sent with the ambassadors of the allies Amynander, king of the Athamanians, to add distinction to the embassy, and Quintus Fabius —he
was the son of the sister of the wife of Quinctius —and Quintus Fulvius and Appius Claudius.