The consul, marching into the interior parts of Aetolia, encamped at Amphilochian Argos, twenty-two miles from Ambracia.
Here, at length, the Aetolian ambassadors arrived, the consul in the mean time wondered at the cause of their delay. Then, after he heard that the council of the Aetolians had approved of the terms of peace, having ordered them to go to [p. 1732]
Rome to the senate, and having permitted the Athenian and Rhodian mediators to go with them, and appointed his brother, Caius Valerius, to accompany them, he himself passed over to Cephallenia.
The ambassadors found the ears and minds of all the principal people at Rome prepossessed by charges made against them by Philip, who, by complaining both by ambassadors and by letters, that Dolopia, Amphilochia, and Athamania had been forcibly taken from him, that his garrison, and at last even his son Perseus, had been driven out of Amphilochia, had turned away the senate from their entreaties.
The Athenians and Rhodians were, nevertheless, heard with attention. An Athenian ambassador, Leon, son of Icesias, is said to have even affected them much by his eloquence.
Making use of a common simile, and comparing the multitude of the Aetolians to a calm sea, when it comes to be ruffled by the winds, he sail, that “as long as they faithfully adhered to the alliance with Rome, they rested in the calm state natural to nations;
but that when Thoas and Dicaearchus began to blow from Asia, Menetas and Damocrites from Europe, then was raised that storm which dashed them on Antiochus as on a rock.”