Death of Demetrius
Upon Quintus Marcius arriving on his mission in
Philip feigns submission to Rome, B. C. 183.
Macedonia, Philip evacuated the Greek cities in
Thrace entirely and withdrew his garrisons,
though in deep anger and heaviness of spirit;
and he put on a right footing everything else to which the
Roman injunctions referred, wishing to give them no indication
of his estrangement, but to secure time for making his
preparations for war. In pursuance of this design he led out
an army against the barbarians, and marching through the
centre of Thrace he invaded the Odrysae, Bessi, and Dentheleti.
Coming to Philippopolis, the inhabitants flying for safety to
the heights, he took it without a blow.
And thence, after
traversing the plain, and sacking some of the
villages, and exacting a pledge of submission
from others, he returned home, leaving a garrison in Philippopolis, which was after a time expelled by the
Odrysae in defiance of their pledge of fidelity to Philip. . . .