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1 There was then a mental reservation in the submission of the Aetolians which was consistent enough with Greek institutions: it bound the Romans to show them the consideration due to suppliants, but left the Aetolians free to break off the relations when an opportunity presented itself. One wonders how much of this Flaccus understood and accepted as part of the proposal. On the other hand, as Polybius (XX. ix) shows, the Aetolians did not understand that to the Romans in fidem se permittere meant complete and unconditional surrender. In consequence the two parties are at cross purposes in the following debate until the national definitions are made clear.
2 From XXXV. xlvii. 5-8 it appears that Acilius is misinformed about the conduct of the Athamanes. In any case Amynander himself was beyond the reach of the Aetolians (xiv. 9 above).
3 This is the Aetolian interpretation of the phrase, which put the Romans on their honour to treat them as suppliants, but bound the Aetolians by no obligation.
4 B.C. 191
5 This is the Roman interpretation of the same phrase.
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