The Romans Warn Philip Not to Attack Greece
While the Roman ambassadors were still at Athens,
The Romans warn Philip to abstain from attacking Greece, and to do justice to Attalus, on pain of war.
Nicanor, by the command of Philip, made a
raid upon Attica, and came as far as the Academy.
Thereupon the Romans sent a herald
to him, and bade him announce to his master
Philip that "The Romans admonished him to
make no war upon any Greek State, and to
submit to an arbitration before a fair tribunal as to the injuries
he had inflicted upon Attalus: that, if he did this, he might
have peace with Rome, but, if he refused to obey, the opposite
would immediately follow." On the receipt of this message
Nicanor retired. Then the Romans sailed along the coast of
Epirus and delivered a similar announcement in regard to
Philip in the town of Phoenice; also to Amynandrus in the
district of Athamania; also to the Aetolians in Naupactus, and
the Achaeans in Aegium. And having thus by the mouth of
Nicanor given Philip this clear warning, the Roman envoys
themselves sailed away to visit Antiochus and Ptolemy with a
view to settle their controversies. . . .