Not without point did he appear to have answered both parties, and it was easy for his speech to be received with favouring ears by men who were on his side.
For there was no debate or doubt that [p. 145]
they would pronounce judgment that the people of1
the Achaeans would hold as enemies and friends the same whom the Roman people held as such, and that they would order war declared on Antiochus and the Aetolians.
Auxiliaries also, as Quinctius advised, five hundred soldiers to Chalcis and five hundred to Piraeus, were at once sent.
For there was at Athens a situation not much different from a rebellion, since some people, from the hope of bribes, were trying to win by money the venal multitude over to the side of Antiochus, until Quinctius was summoned by those who were of the Roman faction, and on the accusation of a certain Leon, Apollodorus, the author of the sedition, was convicted and driven into exile.
And the Achaeans indeed gave the ambassadors an unsympathetic answer to take back to the king; the Boeotians made no positive response: when Antiochus should have come to Boeotia, then, they said, they would consider what course of action they should adopt.
When Antiochus heard that garrisons had been sent to Chalcis by both the Achaeans and King Eumenes, he thought that his men should make haste to anticipate
them and if possible meet them on their arrival, and he sent Menippus with about three thousand soldiers and Polyxenidas with the entire fleet, and a few days later he too led six thousand of his own troops and some few of the Aetolians from such forces as could be mustered on short notice at Lamia.
The five hundred Achaeans and a small force sent by King Eumenes, with Xenoclides of Chalcis as their leader, the roads being not yet closed, crossed the Euripus in safety and arrived in Chalcis;
the Roman soldiers,2
these too about five [p. 147]
hundred in number, arrived when Menippus already3
had his camp before Salganeus near the Hermaeum, where there is a crossing from Boeotia to the island of Euboea.
Micythio was with them, sent from Chalcis to Quinctius to request that very garrison.
When he saw that the pass was held by the enemy, he abandoned the march to Aulis and turned toward Delium, planning to cross from there to Euboea.