His speech was followed by the prayers of the multitude; Eurylochus left the council by secret paths leading to the gate and thence fled straight into Aetolia.
For now and more clearly every day the Aetolians were revealing their desertion, and at that very time it chanced that Thoas,1
a leading man of the nation, whom they had sent to Antiochus, had returned from
him and had brought with him Menippus as an ambassador from the king.
They, before an audience was granted them, had filled the ears of all with talk about the land and naval forces:
a huge contingent of infantry and cavalry was coming, elephants had been [p. 95]
requisitioned from India, and before all —and by this they2
believed that the mind of the crowd was especially influenced —so much gold was being brought that he could buy the Romans themselves.
It was evident what commotion such talk would cause in the council; for both the fact that they had come and what business brought them was all reported to the Roman commissioners;
and although hope was not entirely cut off, nevertheless it seemed to Quinctius not to be disadvantageous that some representatives of the allies should attend the council, to remind the Aetolians of the Roman alliance and to dare to speak out freely against the ambassador of the king.
The Athenians seemed especially suitable for the purpose, on account of the dignity of their state and in addition their ancient alliance with the Aetolians.3
Quinctius begged them to send delegates to the Panaetolian council.
Thoas was the first to speak at that meeting, reporting on his mission.
Menippus was given audience after him and said that it would have been best for all who lived in Greece and Asia if Antiochus could have intervened while Philip's condition was unimpaired:
would have his own and everything would not have become subject to the nod and control of the Romans.
“Even now,” he said, “if only you steadfastly carry out to the end the plans which you have formed, by the grace of the gods and with the Aetolians as allies, Antiochus will be able to restore the affairs of Greece, however injured, to their former position.
But this rests on liberty, which exists by its own might and does not depend on another's will.”
The Athenians, to whom next after the king's ambassador had been granted the opportunity of saying what they wished, [p. 97]
omitting all mention of the king, reminded the5
Aetolians of the Roman alliance6