But after the assembled multitude had heard the same narrative, anger at the order and a sense of unjust treatment so inflamed their minds that, if they had been at peace, they would by that onset of passion have been provoked to war.
Added to their wrath was also the difficulty of the1
orders (for how, in any case, could they possibly hand over King Amynander?)
and the hope which by chance offered itself because just at that time Nicander, coming from King Antiochus, filled the multitude with the idle expectation that a great war was preparing on land and sea.
On the twelfth day after he had embarked he returned to Aetolia after completing his mission and put in at Phalara on the Malian gulf.
When he had brought the money from there to Lamia and he with his companions travelling light was passing at nightfall across the fields between the Macedonian and Roman camps, seeking Hypata over familiar paths, he encountered a picket of Macedonians and was conducted to the king, whose dinner-party had not yet broken up.
When this was announced Philip, behaving as if a guest, not an enemy, had arrived, bade him recline and dine and then, dismissing the others and keeping him
alone, forbade his guest to have any fear of himself, and blamed the Aetolians for the evil counsels which had brought first the
Romans and then Antiochus to Greece, counsels ever fated to recoil upon their own heads.
But forgetting the past, which could be criticized more easily than corrected, he would not act in such a way as to trample upon them in their misfortunes; the Aetolians too should at length end their quarrel with him, and Nicander personally should remember the day on which his life had been spared by him.
So he provided him with an escort to conduct him to a place of safety, and
Nicander proceeded to Hypata and found them deliberating about the Roman peace. [p. 245]