They Agree to Send Envoys to the Roman Senate
All present expressed their dissatisfaction at these terms,
Dissatisfaction of the Congress.
and alleged that it was necessary before all that
he should perform the general injunction, that,
namely, of evacuating all Greece: otherwise
these particular concessions were vain and useless. Observing
that there was an animated discussion going on among them,
and fearing at the same time that they would indulge in
accusations against himself, Philip requested Flamininus to
adjourn the conference till next day, as the evening was
closing in; and promised that he would then either persuade
them to accept his terms or submit to theirs. Flamininus
consenting, they separated, after appointing to meet next day
on the beach near Thronium.
Next day all came to the appointed place in good time.
Third day's conference. A reference to the Senate agreed on.
Philip in a short speech called on all, and
especially on Flamininus, "Not to break off the
negotiation for peace now that by far the
greater number were inclined to come to some
arrangement; but, if possible, to come to an understanding by
themselves on the points in dispute; or, if that could not be,
to send envoys to the Senate, and either convince it as to this
controversy, or submit to whatever it enjoined."
On this proposition of the king, all the others declared that
they preferred war to such a demand. But the Roman Consul
said that "He was quite aware that it was improbable that
Philip would submit to any of their demands, yet, as it did
not in the least stand in the way of such action as they
chose to take to grant the favour demanded by the king, he
would concede it. For not one of the proposals actually made at
present could be confirmed without the authority of the Senate;
and besides the season now coming on was a favourable one
for ascertaining its opinion; for, even as things were, the
armies could do nothing owing to the winter: it was therefore
against no one's interests, but, on the contrary, very convenient
for them all, to devote this time to a reference to the Senate
on the present state of affairs."