Philip Vainly Claims the Victory At Chios
Such was the end of the battle of Chios; in which
Philip vainly pretends that he won the battle.
Philip claimed the victory on two pretexts.
First, because he had driven Attalus ashore and
had captured his ship; and secondly, because,
as he had anchored at the promontory of Argennum, he had
the credit of having taken up his anchorage where the wrecks
were floating. He acted in accordance with this assertion
next day by collecting the wrecks, and causing the corpses
which could be recognised to be picked up for burial, all for
the sake of strengthening this pretence. For that he did not
himself believe that he had won was shortly afterwards proved
by the Rhodians and Dionysodorus. For on that very next
day, while he was actually engaged on these operations, after
communication with each other they sailed out to attack him,
but, on nobody putting out to meet them, they returned to
Chios. Philip indeed had never before lost so many men
either by land or sea at one time, and was extremely mortified
at what had happened and had lost much of his spirit for the
enterprise. To the outside world, however, he tried to conceal his real sentiments: though this was forbidden by facts.
Besides everything else, what happened after the battle impressed all who saw it too strongly. For the slaughter and
destruction was so great that, on the day of battle itself the
whole strait was filled with corpses, blood, arms, and
wrecks; while on the subsequent days the strands might be
seen piled up with all these together in wild confusion.
Hence the extreme consternation of the king could not be
confined to himself, but was shared by all his Macedonians.