Philopoemen, who on hearing of the tyrant's death had set out for Lacedaemon, when he found everything in
a confusion of terror, summoning the leading citizens and making a speech such as Alexamenus should
have made, he joined the Lacedaemonians to the Achaean alliance,1
with the greater ease because Aulus Atilius chanced at the same time to be approaching Gytheum with twenty-four quinqueremes.
During this period, in the neighbourhood of Chalcis, Thoas, through the agency of Euthymidas, one of the chiefs, who had been driven out by the influence of those who belonged to the Roman party, after the arrival of Titus Quinctius and the
commissioners, and also with the aid of Herodorus, a merchant of Cios2
but powerful at Chalcis on account of his wealth, having made ready for an uprising the men who were of the party of Euthymidas, did not by any means have the same good fortune that Eurylochus had enjoyed in gaining Demetrias.
Euthymidas from Athens —he [p. 113]
had chosen this place for his home —went first3
Thebes and then to Salganeus, and Herodorus to Thronium.
Not far from there, in the Malian gulf, Thoas had two thousand infantry, two hundred cavalry, and about thirty light cargo-vessels.
Herodorus was instructed to take these ships with six hundred infantry to the island of Atalante, so that from there, when he saw the infantry now approaching Aulis and Euripus, he might cross to Chalcis;
Thoas himself led the rest of the troops, generally marching by night and with all possible speed, to Chalcis.