Epirus and Elis Ask Antiochus for Help
As Antiochus was staying at Chalcis, just as the winter
Antiochus passes the winter of B. C. 192-191 at Chalcis. Visit of envoys from Epirus and Elis.
was beginning, two ambassadors came to visit
him, Charops from Epirus, and Callistratus
from Elis. The prayer of the Epirotes was
that "The king would not involve them in the
war with Rome, for they dwelt on the side of
Greece immediately opposite Italy; but that, if
he could, he would secure their safety by defending the frontier
of Epirus: in that case he should be admitted into all their
towns and harbours: but if he decided not to do so at present,
they asked his indulgence if they shrank from a war with Rome."
The Eleans, in their turn, begged him "To send a reinforcement to their town; for as the Achaeans had voted war against
them, they were in terror of an attack from the troops of the
league." The king answered the Epirotes by saying that he
would send envoys to confer with them on their mutual
interests; but to Elis he despatched a thousand foot soldiers
under the command of Euphanes of Crete. . . .