Now, if he should
invite the Thebans or the Thessalians to take up his private quarrel and march
against you, he could expect no attention; but if he should espouse their joint
grievances and be chosen as their leader, he might hope to succeed by a mixture
of deception and persuasion. Very well; he sets to work—and observe
how cleverly he managed it—to throw the Pylaean Congress into
confusion and to implicate the Amphictyonic Council in warfare, feeling certain
that they would immediately beg him to deal with the situation.