Affairs in Greece
I have already described the deliberate policy of Nabis,
tyrant of the Lacedaemonians; how he drove
the citizens into exile, freed the slaves, and gave
them the wives and daughters of their masters.
How also, by opening his kingdom as a kind of inviolable
sanctuary for all who fled from their own countries, he collected a number of bad characters in Sparta.
I will now
proceed to tell how in the same period, being in alliance with
Aetolians, Eleans, and Messenians, and being bound by oaths
and treaties to support one and all of those
peoples in case of any one attacking them, he
yet in utter contempt of these obligations determined to make
a treacherous attack on Messene.