At Piraeus Epicrates met Lucius Aemilius Regillus, who was taking over the command on the
; and on hearing of the defeat of the Rhodians, since he himself had only two quinqueremes, he took Epicrates with his four ships back to Asia with him; open Athenian vessels also accompanied him.
In the Aegean sea they crossed to Chios. There Timasicrates the Rhodian came on a stormy night with two quadriremes from Samos, and when brought in to Aemilius he said that he had been sent as an escort because this coast of the sea was made dangerous to cargo-boats because of the frequent raids of the king's ships from the Hellespont and Abydus. As Aemilius was crossing from Chios to Samos, he was joined by two [p. 333]
Rhodian quadriremes sent by Livius to meet him, and2
by King Eumenes with two quinqueremes.
When they reached Samos Aemilius took over the fleet from Livius and after duly performing the sacrifice in the usual way called a council. There Gaius Livius —for he was the first to be asked his opinion —said that no one could give more loyal advice than the man who, if he were in the same situation, would have done what he advised the other to do:
he had it in mind to proceed to Ephesus with the entire fleet, taking along numerous cargo-boats heavily loaded with sand, and
to sink them at the mouth of the harbour;
the closing of the harbour would involve the less difficulty because the mouth of the harbour was like a river, long, narrow, and full of shoals. Thus they would have taken away from the enemy the use of the sea and immobilized his fleet.