Gaius Livius, commander of the Roman fleet, sailed with fifty decked vessels from Rome to Naples, where he had ordered the allies along the coast to assemble the undecked ships which they owed under
the treaty, then headed for Sicily and, passing Messina through the strait, picked up six Carthaginian ships sent to aid him, received from the people of Rhegium and Locri and the other allies of the same status the ships which he had demanded of them, and having purified1
the fleet at Lacinium struck out into the deep.
When he had arrived at Corcyra, the first city in Greece which he reached, he inquired as to the military situation —for everything was not yet quiet in Greece —and
as to where the Roman fleet was, and when he heard that the consul and the king were watching one another near the pass of Thermopylae and that the fleet was at Piraeus, he thought that he should make haste for every reason, and straightway proceeded to sail around the Peloponnesus.
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because they preferred to join the4
Aetolian party, he at once plundered and then made for Malea, and enjoying a successful voyage after a few days he joined the old fleet at Piraeus.
At Scyllaeum King Eumenes with three ships met him, after having long waited at Aegina, uncertain what to do, whether to go home to defend his own kingdom —for he kept hearing that Antiochus was at Ephesus equipping his fleets and armies —or never to separate from the Romans, on whom his own fortunes depended.
From Piraeus Aulus Atilius turned over to his successor twenty-five decked ships and returned to Rome.
Livius with eighty-one decked ships and many smaller craft in addition, which were either open ships with beaks or scouting-vessels without beaks, crossed to Delos.