At about the same time that the consul had first established his camp face to face with [p. 197]
Philip in the passes of
Epirus, Lucius Quinctius, -1
the brother of the consul,2
to whom the senate had entrusted the charge of the fleet and the command of the sea-coast, also crossed to Corcyra with
two quinqueremes, and when he found that the fleet was gone from there, thinking he should not delay, when he had
overtaken the ships at the island of Same, he sent back Livius,3
whom he had succeeded, and finally reached Malea, generally towing the ships which were following loaded with supplies.
Ordering the rest to follow from Malea with all possible speed, he himself led the way to Piraeus with three light quinqueremes and took over the ships left there by Lucius Apustius the lieutenant to guard Athens.
At the same time two fleets sailed from Asia, one under King Attalus —this consisted of twenty-four quinqueremes —and one from Rhodes, comprising twenty decked vessels commanded by Agesimbrotus.
These fleets met near the island of Andros and crossed from there to Euboea, separated from Andros by a narrow stretch of water.
They first ravaged the lands of the Carystii; then, since Carystus seemed strong, a garrison having been hastily sent from Chalcis, they went on towards Eretria.
There Lucius Quinctius also came with the ships from Piraeus, when he heard of the arrival of King Attalus, after leaving orders that as each ship of his own fleet arrived it should proceed to Euboea.
Eretria had to endure a vigorous attack; for the ships of the three united fleets carried artillery of all kinds and devices for destroying cities, and the country [p. 199]
provided material in abundance for the construction4
of new works.
The citizens at first defended their wall stoutly, then, worn out and some of them wounded, when they saw part of the wall demolished by the enemy's engines, they bethought them of surrender.
But there was a Macedonian garrison, which they feared no less than the Romans, and Philocles, the king's prefect, kept sending messages from Chalcis that he would be with them in due time, if they would withstand the siege.
This hope mingled with fear compelled them to hold out beyond their wish or their ability; later on, when they learned that Philocles, now beaten and terrified, had sought refuge in Chalcis, they straightway sent ambassadors to Attalus asking his pardon and protection.
While, with their hopes centred on peace, they were less zealous in performing their military duties, and were posting
armed guards only at the point where the wall had been thrown down, paying no attention to the rest, Quinctius during the night, attacking with scaling-ladders in a quarter that seemed free from danger, captured the city. The whole multitude of the citizens with their wives and children fled to the citadel and then surrendered.
There was no great quantity of money, gold or silver; statues, paintings of ancient workmanship, and adornments of that sort were found there in greater abundance than was to be expected, considering the size
of the town or its wealth in other respects.