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A Cretan Deserter Brings Intelligence to Perseus

The Romans offered a gallant resistance by aid of their strong targets or Ligurian
Struggle in the bed of the Enipeus. Livy, 44, 35.
shields. . . .

Perseus saw that Aemilius had not moved, and did not

The Romans force the heights by way of Gytheum.
reckon on what was taking place, when suddenly a Cretan, who had deserted from the Roman army on its march, came to him with the information that the Romans were getting on his rear. Though thrown into the utmost panic he did not strike his camp, but despatched ten thousand mercenaries and two thousand Macedonians under Milo, with orders to advance with speed and seize the heights. The Romans fell upon these as they were lying asleep.1 . . .

1 From Plutarch, who again contradicts this last statement, on the authority of Nasica, who said that there was a sharp engagement on the heights.

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