Skirmish at Stratus
But no sooner had his rear passed the town than,
Philip victorious in a skirmish with the garrison of Stratus.
first, a small body of Aetolian cavalry sallied
out and began harassing the hindmost men;
and then, the whole of the Cretans and some
Aetolian troops having joined their cavalry, the
conflict became more severe, and the rear of Philip's army
were forced to face about and engage the enemy. At first the
conflict was undecided; but on Philip's mercenaries being
supported by the arrival of the Illyrians, the Aetolian cavalry
and mercenaries gave way and fled in disorder.
troops pursued most of them to the entrance of the gates, or up
to the walls, and killed about a hundred of
them. After this skirmish the garrison remained
inactive, and the rear of the royal army reached
the camp and the ships in safety.
Philip pitched his camp early in the day, and proceeded to
make a thank offering to the gods for the successful issue of
his undertaking; and to invite the officers to a banquet, at
which it was his intention to entertain them all. His view
was that he had ventured upon a dangerous country, and such
as no one had ever ventured to enter with an army before;
while he had not only entered it with an army, but had returned
in safety, after accomplishing all that he had intended. But
while he was thus intent on entertaining his officers in great
elation of mind, Megaleas and Leontius were nursing feelings
of great annoyance at the success of the king. They had
arranged with Apelles to hamper all his plans, but had been
unable to do so; and now saw everything turning out exactly
contrary to their views.