Philip's Jealousy Roused
The next to enter the Senate were the ambassadors of
The ambassadors of Eumenes complain that Philip has not evacuated Thrace.
king Eumenes, who denounced Philip on
account of the assistance sent to Prusias, and
concerning his actions in Thrace, alleging that
even at that moment he had not withdrawn his
garrisons from the cities. But upon Philocles
showing his wish to offer a defence on these points, as having
been formerly charged with a mission to Prusias, and being
now sent to the Senate to represent Philip on this business,
the Senate, without listening very long to his speech, answered
that "With regard to Thrace, unless the legates found everything there settled in accordance with its will, and all the
cities restored to the entire control of Eumenes, the Senate
would be unable any longer to allow it to pass, or to submit to
being continually disobeyed."
Though the ill-feeling between the Romans and Philip
The high honour paid to Demetrius at Rome, and its fatal result.
was becoming serious, a check was put to it for
the time by the presence of Demetrius. And yet
this young prince's mission to Rome proved
eventually no slight link in the chain of events
which led to the final ruin of his house. For the Senate, by
thus making much of Demetrius, somewhat turned the young
man's head, and at the same time gravely annoyed Perseus
and the king, by making them feel that the kindness they
received from the Romans was not for their own sakes, but
for that of Demetrius. And T. Quintius Flamininus contributed not a little to the same result by taking the young
prince aside and communicating with him in confidence.
For he flattered him by suggesting that the Romans meant
before long to invest him with the kingdom; while he irritated
Philip and Perseus by sending a letter ordering the king to
send Demetrius to Rome again, with as many friends of the
highest character as possible. It was, in fact, by taking advantage of these circumstances that Perseus shortly afterwards
induced his father to consent to the death of Demetrius.
But I shall relate that event in detail later on.