a.u.c. 585I. Principio veris, quod hiemem eam, qua haec gesta sunt, insecutum est, ab Roma profectus Q. Marcius Philippus consul cum quinque milibus militum,1 quos2 in supplementum legionum secum traiecturus 2erat, Brundisium pervenit. M. Popilius consularis et alii pari nobilitate adulescentes tribuni militum in 3Macedonicas legiones consulem secuti sunt. Per eos dies et C. Marcius Figulus praetor, cui classis provincia evenerat, Brundisium venit; et simul ex Italia profecti Corcyram altero die, tertio Actium, 4Acarnaniae portum, tenuerunt. Inde consul ad Ambraciam egressus itinere terrestri petit Thessaliam; praetor superato Leucata Corinthium sinum invectus et Creusae relictis navibus terra et ipse per mediam Boeotiam—diei unius expedito iter est—Chalcidem ad classem contendit.
5Castra eo tempore A. Hostilius in Thessalia circa Palaepharsalum habebat, sicut nulla re bellica
I. At the beginning of the spring following the b.c. 169winter campaigns just mentioned, Quintus Marcius Philippus1 the consul left Rome and reached Brundisium with five thousand2 men whom he planned to take over with him as reinforcements for the legions. The ex-consul Marcus Popilius3 and some young men of equally high birth accompanied the consul as tribunes of the soldiers4 in the legions for Macedonia. About the same time Gaius Marcius Figulus5 the praetor, who had been assigned to the fleet, arrived in Brundisium, and the two commanders left Italy together, reached Corcyra the next day, and made port at Actium, the harbour of Acarnania, on the day after. Thence the consul disembarked at Ambracia and marched overland to Thessaly; the praetor rounded Cape Leucas, entered the Gulf of Corinth and, leaving his ships at Creusa, also took to the land and made for the fleet at Chalcis through the midst of Boeotia—one day’s rapid journey.
At this time Aulus Hostilius had his camp in Thessaly near Old Pharsalus, having on the one hand performed no military feat worth mentioning, but on