The Commissioners Make Detailed Arrangements
The Isthmian festival having come to an end, the
Answer of commissioners to King Antiochus.
first persons with whom the commissioners
dealt were the ambassadors from Antiochus.
They instructed them that "Their master must
abstain from attacking those cities in Asia which were autonomous, and go to war with none of them; and must evacuate
those that had been subject to Ptolemy or Philip. In addition to this they forbade him to cross over into Europe with
an army; for no Greek henceforth was to be attacked in war
or to be enslaved to any one. Finally, they said that some of
their own number would go to visit Antiochus." With this
answer Hegesianax and Lysias returned to Antiochus.
next summoned the representatives of all the
nations and cities, and declared to them the
decisions of the commissioners. The Macedonian tribe of the Orestae, on the ground of their having
joined Rome during the war, they declared autonomous; the
Perrhaebians, Dolopes, and Magnesians they declared to be free.
To the Thessalians, in addition to their freedom, they assigned
the Phiotid Achaeans, with the exception, however, of Phthiotid
Thebes and Pharsalus: for the Aetolians made such a point
of their claim to Pharsalus, as also to Leucas, on the ground
of the rights secured them by the original treaty, that the
commissioners referred the consideration of their demand in
regard to these places back again to the Senate, but allowed
them to retain Phocis and Locris as members of their league,
as they had been before. Corinth, Triphylia, and Heraea
they handed over to the Achaeans. Oreus and Eretria the
majority wished to give to King Eumenes, but on the instance
of Flamininus this design was not confirmed; and, accordingly,
a short time afterwards these towns, with Carystus, were declared free by the Senate. To Pleuratus they assigned Lychnis
and Parthus in Illyria, towns which had been subject to
Philip; and Amynandros they allowed to retain all such strongholds as he had taken from Philip during the war.