Valerius Antias says, that at the time when Marcus Fulvius Nobilior and Cneius Manlius Vulso were consuls, a rumour prevailed strongly at Rome, and was received as almost certain, that
the consul, Lucius Scipio, and with him Publius Africanus,
had been invited by the king to a conference, under pretence of restoring young Scipio, and were both seized, and that when the leaders were thus made prisoners, the enemy's army was immediately led up to the Roman camp, that this was stormed, and the forces entirely cut off;
that in consequence of this, the Aetolians had taken courage and refused to obey orders; and that several of their [p. 1706]
principal men had gone into Macedonia, Dardania, and Thrace, to hire auxiliaries;
that Aulus Tarentius Varro, and Marcus Claudius Lepidus, had been sent by Aulus Cornelius, proprietor, from Aetolia, to carry this intelligence to Rome.
To this story Valerius annexed that the Aetolian ambassadors were asked in the senate this question among others, from whom they had heard that the Roman generals were made prisoners by king Antiochus in Asia, and the army cut off; and that the Aetolians answered, that they had been informed of it by their own ambassadors, who were with the consul.
As I have no other authority for this report, it has neither been confirmed in my opinion, nor has it been overlooked as groundless.