A Cretan Deserter Brings Intelligence to Perseus
The Romans offered a gallant resistance by aid of their strong targets or Ligurian
shields. . . .
Perseus saw that Aemilius had not moved, and did not
The Romans force the heights by way of Gytheum.
reckon on what was taking place, when suddenly
a Cretan, who had deserted from the Roman
army on its march, came to him with the information that the Romans were getting on his
rear. Though thrown into the utmost panic he did not strike
his camp, but despatched ten thousand mercenaries and two
thousand Macedonians under Milo, with orders to advance with
speed and seize the heights. The Romans fell upon these as
they were lying asleep.1
. . .