Polybius Supports the Constitution
After completing these arrangements in six months,
B. C. 145. The commissioners return in the spring, leaving instructions with Polybius to explain the new constitutions.
the ten commissioners sailed for Italy, at the
beginning of spring, having left a noble monument of Roman policy for the contemplation of
all Greece. They also charged Polybius, as
they were departing, to visit all the cities and to
decide all questions that might arise, until such
time as they were grown accustomed to their
constitution and laws. Which he did: and after a while
caused the inhabitants to be contented with the constitution
given them by the commissioners, and left no difficulty connected with the laws on any point, private or public, unsettled.
[Wherefore the people, who always admired and honoured
Note by a friend of Polybius as to the effect of his careful fulfilment of his commission.
this man, being in every way satisfied with the
conduct of his last years and his management
of the business just described, honoured him
with the most ample marks of their respect both
during his life and after his death. And this
universal verdict was fully justified. For if he had not
elaborated and reduced to writing the laws relating to the
administration of justice, everything would have been in a
state of uncertainty and confusion. Therefore we must look
upon this as the most glorious of the actions of Polybius.] . . .