A Meeting of the Achaean League Parliament
I have already stated that in the Peloponnese, while Philopoemen was still Strategus,
Philopoemen Achaean Strategus for two years running, from
the Achaean league sent an embassy to Rome
on the subject of Sparta, and another to king
Ptolemy to renew their ancient alliance.
May B. C. 189 to May B. C. 187.
Immediately after Philopoemen had been succeeded by
Aristaenus. May, B. C. 187 to May, B. C. 186.
Aristaenus as Strategus, the ambassadors of king Ptolemy
arrived, while the league meeting was assembled
at Megalopolis. King Eumenes also had despatched an embassy offering to give the Achaeans
one hundred and twenty talents, on condition that it was invested
and the interest used to pay the council of the league at the time
of the federal assemblies.
Seleucus Philopator succeeded his father
Antiochus the Great, B.C. 187. Business of the Achaean assembly. Letter from the Senate
on the subject of Philopoemen's actions at Sparta.
also from king Seleucus, to renew his friendship
with them, and offering a present of a fleet of ten
ships of war. But when the assembly got to
business, the first to come forward to speak
was Nicodemus of Elis, who recounted to the
Achaeans what he and his colleagues had said
in the Roman Senate about Sparta, and read
the answer of the Senate; which was to the
effect that the Senate disapproved of the destruction of the walls, and of the execution of the
men put to death at Compasium, but that it
did not rescind any arrangement made. No
one saying a word for or against this, the subject was allowed
Next came the ambassadors from Eumenes, who renewed
the ancestral friendship of the king with the
Achaeans, and stated to the assembly the offer
made by him. They spoke at great length on
these subjects, and retired after setting forth the greatness of
the king's kindness and affection to the nation.