Impiety of Philip
"Again, what need to speak more on the wickedness of
Philip? For of his impiety towards the gods
his outrages on the temples at Thermus are a
sufficient proof; and of his cruelty towards man, his perfidy
and treachery to the Messenians.
"So much for the past. But as to the present resolution
before you, it is in a way necessary to draft it, and vote on it,
as though you were deciding on war, and yet in real truth not
to regard it as a war. For it is impossible for the Achaeans,
beaten as they are, to damage your territory: but I imagine
that they will be only too thankful to heaven if they can but
protect their own, when they find themselves surrounded by
war with Eleans and Messenians as allied to us, and with ourselves at the same time. And Philip, I am persuaded, will
soon desist from his attack, when involved in a war by land
with Aetolians, and by sea with Rome
and King Attalus.
The future may be easily conjectured from the past. For if
he always failed to subdue Aetolians when they were his only
enemies, can we conceive that he will be able to support the
war if all these combine?