The Aetolians and Achaeans Support the Epirotes
Having met with this reverse, and having lost all the
The Aetolian and Achaean leagues send a force to the relief of the Epirotes. A truce is made. The Illyrians depart.
hopes which they had cherished, the Epirotes
turned to the despatch of ambassadors to the
Aetolians and Achaeans, earnestly begging for
their assistance. Moved by pity for their misfortunes, these nations consented; and an army
of relief sent out by them arrived at Helicranum.
Meanwhile the Illyrians who had occupied Phoenice, having
effected a junction with Scerdilaidas, advanced with him to this
place, and, taking up a position opposite to this army of relief,
wished at first to give it battle. But they were embarrassed
by the unfavourable nature of the ground; and just then a
despatch was received from Teuta, ordering their instant
return, because certain Illyrians had revolted to the Dardani
Accordingly, after merely stopping to plunder Epirus
, they made
a truce with the inhabitants, by which they undertook to deliver
up all freemen, and the city of Phoenice, for a fixed ransom.
They then took the slaves they had captured and the rest of
their booty to their galleys, and some of them sailed away;
while those who were with Scerdilaidas retired by land through
the pass at Antigoneia
, after inspiring no small or ordinary terror
in the minds of the Greeks who lived along the coast. For
seeing the most securely placed and powerful city of Epirus
thus unexpectedly reduced to slavery, they one and all began
henceforth to feel anxious, not merely as in former times for
their property in the open country, but for the safety of their
own persons and cities.
The Epirotes were thus unexpectedly preserved: but so far
from trying to retaliate on those who had wronged them, or expressing gratitude to those who had come to their relief, they
sent ambassadors in conjunction with the Acarnanians to
Queen Teuta, and made a treaty with the Illyrians, in virtue
of which they engaged henceforth to co-operate with them and
against the Achaean and Aetolian leagues. All which proceedings showed conclusively the levity of their conduct towards
men who had stood their friends, as well as an originally shortsighted policy in regard to their own interests.