Whilst these events are taking place in Aeolis, after [p. 1668]
Abydos, which was defended by a garrison of the king's troops, had sustained a siege of several days, all
parties then grew weary of the struggle, and the magistrates, with the permission of Philotas, the commander of the garrison, began to treat with Livius, concerning the terms on which they should surrender the city. Because they could not agree whether the king's troops should march out with their arms, or without them, this question protracted the matter.
When the intelligence of the destruction of the Rhodians interrupted them, treating of these things, the matter was dropped.
For Livius, fearing lest Polyxenidas, elated by his recent success in such an important enterprise, might surprise the fleet which lay at Canae, instantly abandoned the siege of Abydos and the guard of the Hellespont, and drew out the ships that were in dock at Canae, and Eumenes came to Elaea.
Livius, with the whole fleet, to which he had joined two triremes of Mitylene, sailed to Phocaea; but, having learned that this place was held by a strong garrison of the king's troops, and that the camp of Seleucus was not far distant, he ravaged
the sea-coast, hastily conveying on board the booty, which consisted chiefly of men, and waiting only until Eumenes, with his fleet, came up, he endeavours to reach Samos.
Among the Rhodians, the news of their misfortune excited, at first, both consternation, and the greatest grief, at the same time. For, besides the loss of their ships and soldiers, they had lost the flower and strength of their youth; many young men of distinction having been induced, among other motives, by the character of Pausistratus, which was deservedly very high among his countrymen.
Afterwards, because they had been circumvented by treachery, and by a countryman of their own, above all men, their grief was changed into anger.
They sent out ten ships immediately, and, in a few days, ten more, Eudamus being commander of all; who, though far inferior to Pausistratus in warlike qualifications, they supposed would be a more cautious leader, as he was not of so high a spirit.
The Romans, and king Eumenes, put in their fleet, first, at Erythrae; and, having staid there one night, they, on next day, reached Corycus, a promontory in Teios. When they intended to pass over hence, to the nearest part of the Samian territory;
not waiting for the rising of the sun, from which the pilots could learn the state of the weather, they exposed themselves to the varying storm.
About the middle [p. 1669]
of the passage, the wind changing from north-east to north, they began to be tossed about on the sea, stormy with billows.