Before the battle of Cynoscephalae, Lucius Quinctius had summoned to Corcyra the leading men of the Acarnanes, the only people in Greece which had held to the Macedonian alliance, and had made some progress toward a movement there.
But two principal causes had kept them loyal to the king; one, their native habit of fidelity, the other, their fear and hatred of the Aetolians.
A council was called at Leucas. Not all the cities assembled there, nor did all who came agree; but two persons, leading men and magistrates, brought it to pass that an unofficial decree favouring a Roman alliance was adopted.
All those who were not represented resented this bitterly; and in this time of confusion in the state, two prominent Acarnanians, Androcles and Echedemus, sent by Philip, succeeded not only in rescinding the decree for a Roman alliance, but in convicting before the council,
on charges of treason, two men, both prominent in public life, Archelaus and Bianor, because they had proposed the decree, and in having Zeuxis the praetor removed from office because he had put the motion. The prisoners adopted a device rash but successful in its result.
Though their friends advised them to yield to the situation and take refuge with the Romans at Corcyra, they determined to throw themselves on the
mercy of the assembly, and, by so doing, either mollify their wrath or endure what fortune had in store for them.
When they entered the crowded assembly, there was first applause and a demonstration of admiration, then silence, due to respect for their former high station and pity for their present state.
When they were allowed to speak, they began [p. 321]
like suppliants, but as their speech progressed and they1
reached the stage of defending themselves against the charges, they spoke with all the confidence that innocence gave them;
finally, daring even to complain somewhat and to rebuke at once the injustice and the harshness of their treatment, they roused such feelings that a majority defeated all the decrees
proposed against them but nevertheless voted to abide by the treaty with Philip and reject the friendship of the Romans.