Philip at Thasos
During his return voyage Philip engaged in one act of
Philip at Thasos, B. C. 202-201.
treachery after another, and among others put in
about mid-day at the town of Thasos, and
though it was on good terms with him, took it
and enslaved its inhabitants. . . .
The Thasians answered Philip's general Metrodorus, that
they would surrender their city, on condition that he would
guarantee them freedom from a garrison, tribute, or billeting
of soldiers, and the enjoyment of their own laws. Metrodorus
having declared the king's consent to this, the whole assembly
signified their approval of the words by a loud shout, whereupon they admitted Philip into the town. . . .
All kings perhaps at the beginning of their reign dangle the
name of liberty before their subjects' eyes, and address as
friends and allies those who combine in pursuing the same
objects as themselves; but when they come to actual
administration of affairs they at once cease to treat these
as allies, and assume the airs of a master. Such persons
accordingly find themselves deceived as to the honourable
position they expected to occupy, though as a rule not as
to the immediate advantage which they sought. But if a
king is meditating undertakings of the greatest importance,
and only bounding his hopes by the limits of the world, and
has as yet had nothing to cast a damp upon his projects,
would it not seem the height of folly and madness to proclaim
his own fickleness and untrustworthiness in matters which are
of the smallest consequence, and lie at the very threshold of
his enterprise? . . .