A few days before Heraclea was taken the Aetolians held a council at Hypata and sent ambassadors to Antiochus, among whom was again the same Thoas who had been sent there before.
Their instructions were that they should ask the king, first, that he should again collect all his forces on land and sea and cross to Greece;
secondly, if anything detained him, that he should send money and reinforcements; that his allies be not deserted concerned not only his dignity and loyalty but the safety of his kingdom; that he should not permit the Romans, free from all worry after they had destroyed the Aetolian people, to cross with all their forces to Asia.
What they said was true; and [p. 237]
for that reason it impressed the king more.1
Therefore for the moment he gave the ambassadors the money which was needed for the expenses of the war; he assured them that he would send military and naval assistance.
Thoas, one of the ambassadors, he kept with him; he remained there not at all against his will, that someone might be at hand to demand the fulfilment of the promises.