Polybius Goes to Lilybaeum to Negotiate
A despatch from Manius Manilius to the Achaeans
Polybius sent for to negotiate with Carthage, B. C. 149.
having reached the Peloponnese, saying that
they would oblige him by sending Polybius of
Megalopolis with all speed to Lilybaeum, as
he was wanted on account of certain public
affairs, the Achaeans decided to send him in accordance with
the letter of the consul. And as I felt bound to obey the
Romans, I put everything else aside, and sailed at the beginning of summer. But when we arrived at Corcyra, we found
another despatch from the consul to the Corcyreans had
come, announcing that the Carthaginians had already surrendered all the hostages to them, and were prepared to obey
Thinking, therefore, that the war was at an end, and
that there was no more occasion for our services, we sailed
back to the Peloponnese. . . .