This was in purport the speech of Hannibal; those who were present applauded it for the moment [p. 181]
rather than adopted it in actual decisions; for1
nothing of these things was done, save that he sent Polyxenidas to summon the fleet and troops from Asia.
Ambassadors were sent to Larisa to the council of the Thessalians, and a day was fixed for the Aetolians and Amynander to hold the muster of the army at Pherae; the king also with his troops came with speed to the same place.
While he was waiting there for Amynander and the Aetolians, he sent Philip of Megalopolis with two thousand men to collect the bones of the Macedonians around Cynoscephalae, where the decisive battle with Philip was fought, whether he was prompted by Philip
who was seeking for himself some recommendation to the people of the Macedonians and unpopularity for the king because he had left his soldiers unburied, or whether, with the native vanity of kings, he turned his thoughts to a plan attractive in appearance but useless in fact.
A burial mound was erected by gathering together the bones which were scattered everywhere, but among the Macedonians it caused no gratitude and in King Philip an immense resentment.
And so he, who up to that time had decided to take fortune as the guide to his policy,3
at once wrote to Marcus Baebius the propraetor to say that Antiochus had invaded Thessaly; if it seemed wise to Baebius he should move from winter quarters; he himself would come to meet him to consult what should be done.