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When the Romans went to war with Antiochus in Greece,1 Philopoemen was without command, and seeing that Antiochus himself was sitting idly down in Chalcis and spending his time in a courtship and marriage which were not suited to his years,2 while his Syrian troops, in great disorder and without leaders, were wandering about among the cities and living luxuriously, he was distressed because he was not general of the Achaeans at that time, and kept saying that he begrudged the Romans their victory. ‘For if I had been general,’ he said, ‘I would have cut off all these fellows in their taverns.’

1 In 191 B.C. Cf. the Flamininus, xv.

2 Cf. the Flamininus, xvi. i.

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