He himself proceeded to Boeotia, which had as apparent causes for anger at the Romans those occurrences which I mentioned before,1
the murder of Brachyllas and the campaign carried on by Quinctius at Coronea by reason of the slaughtering of the Roman soldiers, while in fact
in which that people was once eminent, in public and private, had for many years now been degenerating, and the condition of many was such that it could not last without a change of circumstances.3
With the chiefs of Boeotia coming out in crowds to meet him, he arrived in Thebes. There in the council of the people, although he had, both by the attack made on the Roman garrison at Delium4
and by the [p. 173]
capture of Chalcis, acts which were neither5
unimportant nor uncertain, engaged in war, he nevertheless began the same speech that he had used in the first conference at
and that he had delivered through his delegates7
in the council of the Achaeans, to wit, that he asked that they make a treaty of friendship with him, not that they declare war on the Romans.
No one was deceived as to what was going on; nevertheless, a decree was passed, under a cloak of mild verbiage, in favour of the king and against the Romans.8
Having won over this people also, he returned to Chalcis, sending in advance letters to summon to Demetrias the chiefs of the Aetolians, with whom he could take counsel regarding the general policy, and himself arrived there by boat on the day appointed for the conference.
Amynander also, summoned from Athamania to take part in the deliberations, and Hannibal the Carthaginian, who for a long time past had not been called in,9
attended the council.
The question for consideration had to de with the Thessalian people, whose intentions, as all who were present agreed, should be ascertained.
In the matter of procedure there were different opinions, some favouring immediate action, others thinking that they should postpone doing anything from the winter, which was now half gone, to the beginning of spring, while some thought that ambassadors only should be sent and others that he should go with his entire force
and terrorize them if they hesitated.