That the letter was a forgery, the falsification of a scribe, and the seal a counterfeit, was the muttering of all the palace.
But while the facts were suspected rather than established by proof, Xychus1
by chance encountered Antigonus and was arrested by him and taken to the palace.
Leaving him in the care of guards, Antigonus went to Philip and addressed him thus: “I seem to have understood from many conversations that you will value it highly if you can learn the whole truth about your sons, which of the two was attacked by the other with treachery and ambush. There is one man in all the world who can untie the knot of this uncertainty, and this man, Xychus, is in your hands.
Since he happened to come in my way and has been by me brought to the palace, order him to be summoned.”
When Xychus was brought before the king, he at first denied everything so irresolutely that it was clear that he would be a ready witness under the stimulus of a little terror. He did not endure even the sight of the torturer and the lash, but set forth the whole sequence of events in the crime of the ambassadors and his own service in connection with it.
At once men were sent out to arrest the ambassadors, and Philocles, who was at hand, was seized: Apelles, who had been sent in pursuit of a certain Chaereas, hearing of the testimony of Xychus, crossed to Italy.
With regard to Philocles there is no certain information: some say that after boldly denying his guilt at first, when he was confronted with Xychus he did not hold out longer, others assert that he even suffered torture while still making denial.
Philip's grief was [p. 169]
renewed and doubled; and he believed that his2
unhappiness in his children was the greater because the second remained.