The Spartans could not find one of their own citizens
The Spartans wish to offer Philopoemen the palace of Nabis, as a reward, and as an inducement to
defend their liberty. Plutarch, Philop. 15.
willing to address Philopoemen on this subject.
To men who for the most part undertake work for
what they can get by it there are plenty of people
to offer such rewards, and to regard them as the
means of founding and consolidating friendship:
but in the case of Philipoemen no one could be
found willing to convey this offer to him at all.
Finally, being completely at a loss, they elected
Timolaus to do it, as being his ancestral guest-friend and very
intimate with him. Timolaus twice journeyed to Megalopolis
for this express purpose, without daring to say a word to
Philopoemen about it. But having goaded himself to making
a third attempt, he at length plucked up courage to mention
the proposed gifts. Much to his surprise Philopoemen
received the suggestion with courtesy; and Timolaus was
overjoyed by the belief that he had attained his object.
Philopoemen, however, remarked that he would come to
Sparta himself in the course of the next few days; for he
wished to offer all the magistrates his thanks for this favour.
He accordingly came, and, being invited to attend the Senate, he
said: "He had long been aware of the kindness with which the
Lacedaemonians regarded him; but was more convinced than
ever by the compliments and extraordinary mark of honour
they now offered him. But while gratefully accepting their
intention, he disliked the particular manner of its exhibition.
They should not bestow such honour and rewards on their
friends, the poison of which would indelibly infect the receiver,
but rather upon their enemies; that the former might retain
their freedom of speech and the confidence of the Achaeans
when proposing to offer assistance to Sparta; while the latter,
by swallowing the bait, might be compelled either to support
their cause, or at any rate to keep silence and do them no
harm. . . ."
The remaining events of the war against Antiochus in this
year are related by Livy, 36, 41-45. Acilius was engaged for
two months in the siege of Naupactus: while the Roman fleet
under Gaius Livius defeated that of Antiochus, under his admiral
Polyxenidas, off Phocaea.
To see an operation with one's own eyes is not like merely
hearing a description of it. It is, indeed, quite another thing;
and the confidence which such vivid experience gives is always
greatly advantageous. . . .