When they reached Rome, the ambassadors of the allies were heard before those of the king.
Much of their speech was devoted to reviling the king; they influenced the senate especially by their description of the geography of the sea and lands in that
region, so that it was clear to all that if the king held Demetrias in Thessaly, Chaleis in Euboea, and Corinth in Achaea, Greece could not be free, and that Philip
himself, with equal insolence and truth, called them the fetters of Greece.
Then the ambassadors of the king were admitted; and when they had begun a lengthy argument, a terse question, whether he would evacuate these three cities, cut short their speech, since they said they had no explicit instructions from him regarding them. So the king's ambassadors were dismissed without obtaining peace; Quinctius was given full discretion regarding peace and war.
When it was made clear to him that the senate was not ready to discontinue the war, he, being himself more eager for victory than for peace, thereafter neither granted Philip any conference nor consented to receive any embassy that did not announce a withdrawal from all Greece.