The King's Reply
The king began his reply by saying that "He did not
understand by what right the Romans raised a
controversy with him in regard to the cities in
Asia. They were the last people in the world
who had any claim to do so." Next he claimed that "They
should refrain entirely from interfering in the affairs of Asia,
seeing that he never in the least degree interposed in those of
Italy. He had crossed into Europe with his army to recover
his possessions in the Chersonese and the cities in Thrace;
his right to the government of these places being superior to
that of any one in the world. For this was originally the
principality of Lysimachus; and as Seleucus waged war with
and conquered that prince, the whole domain
of Lysimachus passed to Seleucus:1
owing to the multifarious interests which distracted the attention of his predecessors, first
Ptolemy and then Philip had managed to wrest this country
from them and secure it for themselves.
Lysimachus conquered by of Seleucus Nicanor, B. C. 281.
He had not then
availed himself of Philip's difficulties to take it, but had recovered
possession of it in the exercise of his undoubted rights.
It was no injury to the Romans that he should now be
restoring to their homes, and settling again in their city, the
people of Lysimacheia who had been expelled by an unexpected
raid of the Thracians. He was doing this, not from any intention of attacking the Romans, but to prepare a place of
residence for his son Seleucus. As for the autonomous cities
of Asia, they must acquire their freedom by his free grace, not
by an injunction from Rome. As for Ptolemy, he was about
to settle matters amicably with him: for it was his intention
to confirm their friendship by a matrimonial alliance."