At first they made these complaints as they discussed the terms in their own gatherings; then suddenly they ran to arms.
When the tyrant perceived that the people had of their own accord become angry enough, he ordered an assembly summoned.
When he had explained there the demands made by the Romans, and had falsely represented some of them as more burdensome and unjust than they actually were, and when each point was received with signs of disapproval, now from the whole assembly, now from one part or another, he asked what answer they wanted him to give and what they wished him to do.
Almost unanimously they bade him give no answer but to continue the war, and each one individually, as a crowd is wont to do, counselled him to be of good cheer and good hope, reminding him that fortune favoured [p. 517]
Inspired by such speeches, the tyrant1
announced that he would have the support of Antiochus and the Aetolians, and that he had abundant strength to withstand the siege.
All thoughts of peace had gone from their minds and they rushed to their posts, unable to remain quiet longer. The sally of a few skirmishers and the weapons which they hurled at once removed from the Romans any doubt that the war would go on.
For the first four days there were only minor engagements with no very certain result;
on the fifth day, in a regular battle, the Lacedaemonians were driven back into the town in such confusion that some of the Romans, as they were cutting down the fugitives, entered the city through the gaps which at that time existed in the wall.