Riotous Scene at Corinth
When Quintus Caecilius Metellus heard in Macedonia
Fresh legates are sent from Macedonia to Achaia in the winter of B. C. 147-146.
of the commotion and disturbance going on in
the Peloponnese, he despatched thither his legates
Gneaus Papirius and the younger Popilius
Laenas, along with Aulus Gabinius and Gaius
Fannius; who, happening to arrive when the
congress was assembled at Corinth, were introduced to the
assembly, and delivered a long and conciliatory speech, much
in the spirit of that of Sextus Julius, exerting themselves with
great zeal to prevent the Achaeans from proceeding to an
open breach with Rome, either on the pretext of their grievance
against the Lacedaemonians, or from any feeling of anger
against the Romans themselves. But the assembled people
would not hear them; insulting words were
loudly uttered against the envoys, and in the
midst of a storm of yells and tumult they were
driven from the assembly.
Riotous scene at Corinth.
The fact was that such a crowd
of workmen and artisans had been got together as had never
been collected before; for all the cities were in a state of
drivelling folly, and above all the Corinthians en masse; and
there were only a very few who heartily approved of the words
of the envoys.
Critolaus, conceiving that he had attained his purpose, in
Critolaus makes no secret of his hostility to Rome.
the midst of an audience as excited and mad as himself began
attacking the magistrates, abusing all who were opposed to
him, and openly defying the Roman envoys, saying that he
was desirous of being a friend of the Romans, but had no
taste for them as his masters. And, finally, he
tried to incite the people by saying that, if they
quitted themselves like men, they would have
no lack of allies; but, if they betrayed womanish fears, they
would not want for masters. By many other such words to
the same effect, conceived in the spirit of a charlatan and
huckster, he roused and excited the populace. He attempted
also to make it plan that he was not acting at random in
these proceedings, but that some of the kings and republics
were engaged in the same policy as himself.