Seeds of the Third Macedonian War
When this same Ptolemy was besieging Lycopolis, the
Suppression of the revolt in lower Egypt, B. C. 186-185.
Egyptian nobles surrendered to the king at
discretion; and his cruel treatment of them involved him in manifold dangers. The same was
the result at the time Polycrates suppressed the
Lycopolis in the Thebaid.
For Athinis, Pausiras, Chesuphus, and
Irobastus, who still survived of the rebellious
nobles, yielding to necessity, appeared at the city of Sais and
surrendered at discretion to the king. But Ptolemy, regardless
of all pledges, had them tied naked to the carts and dragged
off, and then put to death with torture. He then went to
Naucratis with his army, where he received the mercenaries
enlisted for him by Aristonicus from Greece, and thence sailed
to Alexandria, without having taken any part whatever in the
actual operations of the war, thanks to the dishonest advice of
Polycrates, though he was now twenty-five years old. . . .