Philip Retreats, the Romans Plunder
The battle was now at an end in every part of the
Philip retreats to Tempe.
field; the Romans everywhere victorious; and Philip in full
retreat towards Tempe. The first night he
passed at what is called Alexander's tower; the
next day he got as far as Gonni, on the pass
into Tempe, and there remained, with a view of collecting the
survivors of the battle.
But the Romans, after following the fugitives for a certain
The Romans soon abandon pursuit and devote themselves to the plunder.
distance, returned; and some employed themselves in stripping
the dead; others in collecting the captives;
while the majority hurried to the plunder of the
enemy's camp. But there they found that the
Aetolians had been beforehand with them; and
thinking, therefore, that they were deprived of
their fair share of the booty, they began grumbling at the
Aetolians and protesting to their general that "he imposed the
dangers upon them, but yielded the spoil to others." For the
present, however, they returned to their own camp, and passed
the night in their old quarters: but next morning they employed themselves in collecting the prisoners and the remainder
of the spoils, and then started on the march towards Larisa.
The losses on both sides.
In the battle the Romans lost seven hundred
men; the Macedonians eight thousand killed,
and not less than five thousand taken prisoners.
Such was the result of the battle at Cynoscephalae in
Thessaly between the Romans and Philip.