Megaleas and Crinon Fined
Still they came to the banquet, where they from the first
Megaleas and Leontius betray their chagrin at the king's success.
excited the suspicions of the king and the rest of the company, by showing less joy at the
events than the others present. But as the drinking went on, and grew less and less
moderate, being forced to do just as the others
did, they soon showed themselves in their true colours.
as soon as the company broke up, losing control over themselves under the influence of wine, they roamed
about looking for Aratus; and having fallen in
with him on his way home, they first attacked
him with abusive language, and then threw stones at him;
and a number of people coming to the assistance of both
parties, there was a noise and disturbance in the camp. But
the king hearing the noise sent some officers to ascertain the
cause, and to put an end to the disturbance. On their coming
upon the scene, Aratus stated what had occurred, called those
present to witness the truth of his words, and retired to his
own tent; but Leontius by some unexplained means slipped
away in the crowd.
Megaleas and Crinon held to bail.
When informed of what had taken place,
the king sent for Megaleas and Crinon and
rebuked them sharply: and when they not only
expressed no submission, but actually retorted
with a declaration that they would never desist until they had
paid Aratus out, the king, enraged at their words, at once
required them to give security for the payment of a fine of
twenty talents, and ordered them to be placed under arrest.