After finishing the celebration of the Nemean games,
King Philip's conduct at Argos after presiding at the Nemean games, B. C. 208. See Livy, 27, 30, 31.
King Philip of Macedon
returned to Argos
laid aside his crown and purple robe, with
the view of making a display of democratic
equality and good nature. But the more
democratic the dress which he wore, the more
absolute and royal were the privileges which he
claimed. He was not now content with seducing unmarried
women, or even with intriguing with married women, but
assumed the right of sending authoritatively for any woman
whose appearance struck him; and offered violence to those
who did not at once obey, by leading a band of revellers to
their houses; and, summoning their sons or their husbands, he
trumped up false pretexts for menacing them. In fact his
conduct was exceedingly outrageous and lawless. But though
this abuse of his privileges as a guest was exceedingly annoying
to many of the Achaeans, and especially to the orderly part of
them, the wars that threatened them on every side compelled
them to show a patience under it uncongenial to their
character. . . .
None of his predecessors had better qualifications for
sovereignty, or more important defects, than this same Philip.
And it appears to me that the good qualities were innate,
while the defects grew upon him as he advanced in years, as
happens to some horses as they grow old. Such remarks I
do not, following some other historians, confine to prefaces;
but when the course of my narrative suggests it, I state my
opinion of kings and eminent men, thinking that most convenient for writer and reader alike.
War between Antiochus the Great (III.) and Arsaces
III., King of the Parthians. B.C. 212-205. See above, 8, 25.