He himself went to Chalcis, withdrawing the [p. 549]
garrisons not from Chalcis alone but from Oreus and1
Eretria also, called a council there of the Euboean states and let them go after reminding
them in what condition he had found them and in what he was leaving them.
From there he proceeded to Demetrias; and having withdrawn the garrison
he departed with all the citizens escorting him, as had happened at Corinth and Chalcis, and continued his journey to Thessaly, where there were the states not only to be set free, but also to be brought into some reasonable condition of order after all the chaos and confusion.
For they had been thrown into confusion not only by the faults of the times and the king's lawless and violent behaviour, but also by the restless character of the people, which from the earliest times down to the present day has never conducted a meeting or an assembly or a council without dissension and rioting.
He chose the senate and magistrates mainly on the basis of property and strove to make that element in the community more influential which found it advantageous to have everything peaceful and quiet.