The Rhodians Object to Philip's Treatment of Cius
For it happened that just when his ambassador was
The anger of the Rhodians at the fall of Cius.
defending his master before the Rhodians in
the theatre,—enlarging on "the magnanimity of
Philip," and announcing that "though already in
a manner master of Cius, he conceded its safety to the wishes
of the Rhodian people; and did so because he desired to
refute the calumnies of his enemies, and to establish the
honesty of his intentions in the eyes of Rhodes,"—just then a
man entered the Prytaneum who had newly arrived in the
island, and brought the news of the enslavement of the Cians
and the cruelty which Philip had exercised upon them. The
Prytanis coming into the theatre to announce this news, while
the ambassador was absolutely in the middle of his speech,
the Rhodians could scarcely make up their minds to believe
a report which involved such monstrous treachery.
He had then betrayed himself quite as grossly as the
It causes a breach with the Aetolians.
Cians; and so blind or misguided had he become as to the
principles of right and wrong, that he boasted of actions of
which he ought to have been most heartily ashamed, and
plumed himself upon them as though they were to his credit.
But the people of Rhodes from that day forth regarded
Philip as their enemy, and made their preparations with that
view. And no less by this course had he gained
the hatred of the Aetolians. He had but
lately made terms with, and held out the hand
of friendship to that nation: no excuse for a breach had
arisen; and the Lysimachians, Calchedonians, and Cianians
were friends and allies of the Aetolians. Nevertheless only a
short time before he had separated Lysimachia from the
Aetolian alliance, and induced it to submit to him: then he
had done the same to Calchedon: and lastly he had enslaved
the Cians, though there was an Aetolian officer actually in Cius
and conducting the government. Prusias, however, in so far
as his policy was accomplished, was delighted; but inasmuch
as another was in possession of the prizes of the operations,
while he himself got as his share nothing but the bare site
of a city, was extremely annoyed, but was yet unable to do
anything. . . .