These declarations, which were made with the intention of adding to the dignity of his character, proved to the young man the cause of immediate envy, and of not far distant ruin.
The Lacedaemonians were next introduced, when many insignificant disputes were agitated. Those which might be deemed important were —whether the persons whom the Achaeans had condemned, should be reinstated or not;
whether they slew with justice or the reverse those whom they put to death; the question was debated also whether the Lacedaemonians should continue in the Achaeans' council, or, as had formerly been the case, that single state in Peloponnesus should have separate independence.
It was determined [p. 1845]
that the condemned should be reinstated, and the sentences passed reversed; that Lacedaemon should continue in the Achaean council, and that this decree should be committed to writing, and signed by the Lacedaemonians and Achaeans.
Quintus Marcius was sent ambassador into Macedon, with orders, likewise, to take a view of the affairs of the allies in Peloponnesus; for there also disturbances still subsisted, in consequence of the old quarrels, and Messene had revolted from the Achaean confederacy.
But if I were to trace out the cause and progress of this war, I should deviate from the resolution by which I determined not to treat of foreign events, further than they are connected with the affairs of Rome.