The Fate of Nicander
But I ought not to omit to describe the subsequent career
and fate of Nicander. He arrived back at Phalara
on the twelfth day after leaving Ephesus, and
found the Romans still engaged in Heracleia, and
the Macedonians having already evacuated Lamia, but encamped
at no great distance from the town: he thereupon conveyed
his money unexpectedly into Lamia, and attempted himself to
make his way between the two camps into Hypata. But,
falling into the hands of the Macedonian pickets, he was
taken to Philip, while his evening party was still at the midst
of their entertainment, greatly alarmed lest he should meet
with rough treatment from having incurred Philip's resentment, or should be handed over to the Romans. But when
the matter was reported to the king, he at once gave orders
that the proper officers should offer Nicander refreshments, and
show him every politeness and attention. After a time he got
up from table and went personally to visit him; and after
enlarging at great length on "the folly of the Aetolians, for
having first brought the Romans into Greece, and afterwards
Antiochus," he still, even at this hour, urged that "they should
forget their past, adhere to their loyalty to himself, and not
show a disposition to take advantage of each other's difficulties."
He bade Nicander convey this message to the leaders of the
Aetolians, and exhorting him personally to remember the favours
which he had received at his hands, he despatched him with
a sufficient escort, which he ordered to see him safe into Hypata.
This result was far beyond Nicander's hopes or expectations.
He was restored in due course to his friends, and from the
moment of this adventure remained devoted to the royal
family of Macedonia. Thus, in the subsequent period of the
war with Perseus, the obligations which this favour had imposed
upon him caused him to offer such an unwilling and lukewarm opposition to the designs of Perseus, that he exposed
himself to suspicion and denunciation, and at last was summoned to Rome and died there. . . .