FROM the unbroken continuity of their wars, and the extravagance of their daily lives, the Aetolians became involved
Straitened finances in Aetolia cause a revolution, B. C. 204.
in debt, not only without others noticing it, but
without being sensible of it themselves.
therefore naturally disposed to a change in
their constitution, they elected Dorimachus and
Scopas to draw out a code of laws, because they
saw that they were not only innovators by disposition, but were
themselves deeply involved in private debt. These men accordingly were admitted to the office and drew up the laws.
When they produced them they were opposed by Alexander
of Aetolia, who tried to show by many instances that innovation
was a dangerous growth which could not be checked, and invariably ended by inflicting grave evils upon those who fostered
it. He urged them therefore not to look solely to the exigencies of the hour, and the relief from their existing contracts,
but to the future also. For it was a strange inconsistency to
be ready to forfeit their very lives in war to preserve their
children, and yet in their deliberations to be entirely careless
of the future.