Antiochus, after the sea-fight at Corycus, when he had the whole winter disengaged to carry on his preparations by land and water, was chiefly intent on the refitting of his ships, lest he should be entirely excluded from the sea.
It occurred to him that he had been defeated when the Rhodian fleet was absent; if this fleet were present in an engagement, (and the Rhodians would certainly not be guilty of being late a second time,) he required a vast number of ships to equal the fleet of the enemy, in the strength of their crews and size of their vessels.
For this reason, he sent Hannibal into Syria, to bring in the Phœnician navy, and gave orders to Polyxenidas, that, the more unsuccessfully affairs had been managed before, the more diligently he should now repair the ships which he had, and procure others.
He himself passed the winter in Phrygia, calling in auxiliaries from every quarter. He had even sent for that purpose to Gallograecia. The people of that country were then more warlike than at present, retaining the Gallic spirit, as the generation which had emigrated thither was not yet extinct.
He had left his son Seleucus with an army in Aeolia, to keep in obedience the maritime cities, which on one side Eumenes from Perga- [p. 1664]
mus, on the other, the Romans from Phocaea and Erythrae, were soliciting to revolt.
The Roman fleet, as mentioned before, wintered at Canae; thither, about the middle of the season, came king Eumenes, with two thousand foot and one hundred horse.
He, when he affirmed that vast quantities of spoil might be brought off from the enemy's country round Thyatira; by his persuasions, prevailed on Livius to send with him five thousand soldiers. Those that were sent within a few days carried off an immense booty.