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1 Livy now resumes the narrative of events in the east, interrupted at the end of Book XXXV. The winter referred to is that of 192-191 B.C.
2 To judge by other casual references, such as Plutarch (Cato xii) and the hints in XXXV. 1, Greece was in a state of great unrest at this time, although Livy minimizes the trouble.
3 Polybius (XX. iii.) is more explicit, defining causa as the war itself.
4 B.C. 191
5 One can hardly blame the Epirotes for trying to guard themselves against any contingency. Apollonia, the usual port of debarkation of the Romans, lay just to the north, and Roman armies would soon be passing through their country (we know little of the whereabouts of the army brought over by Baebius). On the other hand, if the strength of Antiochus in any degree equalled the large forces promised by him, he would probably not hesitate to cut loose from his bases and try to locate the theatre of operations on the west coast.
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