Antiochus Forced To Leave Egypt
For a time Andronidas and Callicrates kept on arguing
The measure is again defeated by a trick of Callicrates.
in support of the plan of putting an end to
the war: but as no one was persuaded by
them, they employed a stratagem. A lettercarrier came into the theatre (where the meeting was being held), who had just arrived with a despatch from
Quintus Marcius, urging those Achaeans who were of the proRoman party to reconcile the kings; for it was a fact that the
Senate had sent a mission under T. Numisius to do so. But
this really made against their argument: for Titus Numisius
and his colleagues had been unable to effect the pacification, and
had returned to Rome completely unsuccessful in the object
of their mission. However, as Polybius and his party did
not wish to speak against the despatch, from consideration for
Marcius, they retired from the discussion: and it was thus
that the proposal to send an aid to the kings fell through.
The kings ask for Lycortas and Polybius.
Achaeans voted to send ambassadors to effect
the pacification: and Archon of Aegeira, and
Arcesilaus and Ariston of Megalopolis were
appointed to the duty. Whereupon the envoys of Ptolemy,
being disappointed of obtaining the help, handed over to the
magistrate the despatch from the kings, in which they asked
that they would send Lycortas and Polybius to take part in
the war. . . .