Council of the Achaeans
The Greeks made up their minds that this embassy
Meeting of Achaean statesmen to consider their policy, B. C. 169
required much consideration on their part.
They therefore called to council such men as
were of one mind in other political questions,—
Arcesilaus and Ariston of Megalopolis, Stratius
of Tritaea, Xenon of Patrae and Apollonides of
Lycortas is for complete neutrality.
But Lycortas stood firm to his original
view: which was that they should send no help
to either Perseus or Rome in any way, nor, on
the other hand, take part against either. For he held that
co-operation with either would be disadvantageous to the
Greeks at large, because he foresaw the overwhelming power
which the successful nation would possess; while active
hostility, he thought, would be dangerous, because they had
already in former times been in opposition to many of the
most illustrious Romans in their state policy.
Apollonides and Stratius for suppressing rash declarations for Rome, and yet not openly opposing her.
and Stratius did not recommend open and
avowed hostility to Rome, but thought that
"Those who were for plunging headlong into
the contest, and wished to use the action
of the nation to secure their own personal
favour at Rome, ought to be put down and
The Strategus Archon is for bending to the storm, and acting frankly for Rome.
Archon said that "They must yield to
circumstances, and not give their personal
enemies a handle for accusations; nor allow
themselves to fall into the same misfortune as
Nicander, who, before he had learnt what the
power of Rome really was, had met with the
gravest calamities." With this last view, Polyaenus, Arcesilaus, Ariston, and Xenon agreed. It was thereupon decided
that Archon should go without delay to his duties
as Strategus, and Polybius to those of Hipparch.