Flamininus and Philip Nearing Each Other
After providing for contingencies by these preparations,
Flamininus marches to Pherae in Thessaly.
Flamininus advanced with his whole force at a moderate pace,
and, having arrived at about fifty stades from Pherae, pitched
a camp there; and next morning, just before
the morning watch, sent out some reconnoitring
parties to see whether they could get any opportunity of discovering the position and movements of the
enemy. Philip, at the same time, being informed that the
Romans were encamped near Thebes, started
with his whole force from Larisa in the direction of Pherae.
When about thirty stades from
that town, he pitched his camp there, and gave orders for all
his men to make their preparations early next morning, and
about the morning watch got his troops on the march. The
division whose usual duty it was to form the advance guard he
sent forward first, with instructions to cross the heights above
Pherae, while he personally superintended the main army's
advance from the camp as the day was breaking. The
advanced guards of the two armies were within a very little of
coming into collision in the pass; for the darkness prevented their seeing each other until they
were quite a short distance apart.
The advanced guards of the two armies meet.
halted, and sent speedy intelligence to their respective leaders
of what had happened, and asking for instructions. . . .
[The generals decided] to remain in their intrenchments,
and recall these advanced guards. Next morning both sent
out about three hundred cavalry and light infantry to reconnoitre, among which Flamininus also sent two squadrons of
Aetolians, because they were acquainted with the country.
These opposing reconnoitring parties fell in with each other
on the road between Pherae and Larisa, and joined battle
with great fury. The men under Eupolemus the Aetolian
fighting gallantly, and urging the Italian troops to do the
same, the Macedonians were repulsed; and, after skirmishing for a long while, both parties retired to their respective