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1 33. xiii. 11 Flamininus speaks of the alliance as broken. It had not, so far as we can judge from Livy's narrative, been formally renewed, but it is convenient for the Romans to regard it as even informally and tacitly in force with the resumption of peaceful relations after the liberation of Greece.
2 Recalling the experience of the Aetolian embassy in 195 B.C. (XXXIII. xlix. 8), one cannot blame the Aetolians for not being impressed by this argument.
3 B.C. 192
4 My translation suggests part but not all of the Latin metaphor. The lanistae were the trainers of the gladiators, who acted also in the capacity of the managers of modern prizefighters. Flamininus means that the Romans and Antiochus are to be the gladiators and do the fighting; the Aetolians, as the lanistae of both, will get the profits without undergoing personal risk. To call them “umpires” or “marshals of the lists” would inject other and even more erroneous ideas, since both imply disinterestedness and impartiality. For a somewhat similar use of the word see Cicero, Phil. XIII. xl.
5 Cf. XXXVI. xxiv. 12.
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