After this speech from the Roman commander, they began to ascertain the views of the others.
When the Athenian ambassador had, to the extent of his capacity, and with effusive thanks, extolled the Romans' services to Greece, saying that “when appealed to they had given aid against Philip, and were
of their own accord and without an appeal offering assistance against Nabis,” and had [p. 475]
lamented that these services,
great as they were, -1
were nevertheless criticized in the talk of certain persons who threw out dark hints about the future, though they should rather be confessing their gratitude for the past, it was clear that he was attacking the Aetolians.
Therefore Alexander, a leading man of that people, assailed first the Athenians, once the leaders and champions of liberty, now the betrayers of the common cause from their desire to win a place for themselves by
adulation, then he complained that the Achaeans, the one-time soldiers of Philip, then finally deserters from him as his fortunes declined, had regained Corinth and in addition were trying to obtain Argos, while the Aetolians, foes to Philip from
the beginning, allies to the Romans at all times, although they had agreed in the treaty2
that the cities and fields were to be theirs when Philip was defeated, were being cheated out of Echinus and Pharsalus;
he also charged the Romans with deceit, in that, while they held out the empty name of liberty, they were holding with their garrisons Chalcis and Demetrias, despite the fact that they had been wont to object, when Philip hesitated to withdraw his troops from these towns, that “while Demetrias and Chalcis and Corinth were
in his hands, Greece would never be free,” and finally, in that they were making Argos and Nabis an excuse for remaining in Greece and keeping their army there.
Let them, he said, transport their legions to Italy;
adding that the Aetolians promised either that Nabis would withdraw his garrison from Argos voluntarily and under terms imposed by them, or that they would compel him by force of arms to yield to the will of united Greece. [p. 477]