Philip Hopes to Defer War With Rome
They went no further than this in the first interview: but
The guilty agents are to be sent to Rome.
during the next day Appius ordered Philip to
send Onomastus and Cassander at once to
Rome, that the Senate might inform itself on
what had happened. The king was disturbed at this to the
greatest possible degree, and for some time did not know what
to say; but at last he said that he would send Cassander, who
was the actual author of the business, that the Senate might
learn the truth from him; but he tried to get Onomastus
excused, both in this and subsequent interviews with the
legates, alleging as a reason that not only had Onomastus not
been in Maroneia at the time of the massacre, but not even
in any part of the country in its neighbourhood.
motive, however, was fear lest, if he got to Rome,
having been engaged with him in many similar
transactions, he would not only tell the Romans the story of
Maroneia, but all the others also.
Philip's hostility to Rome.
Eventually he did get
Onomastus excused; and having, after the departure of the legates, sent off Cassander, he
sent some agents with him as far as Epirus,
and there had him poisoned.1
But Appius and his colleagues
left Philip with their minds fully made up both as to his guilt
in the matter of Maroneia and his alienation from Rome.
The king, thus relieved of the presence of the legates, after
King Philip meditates a breach with Rome.
consulting with his friends Apelles and Philocles
became clearly conscious that his quarrel with
Rome had now become serious, and that it
could no longer be concealed, but was become notorious to
most people in the world. He was therefore now wholly bent
on measures of self-defence and retaliation. But as he was as
yet unprepared for some of the plans which he had in his
mind, he cast about to find some means of putting matters off,
and gaining time for making his preparations for war. He
accordingly resolved to send his youngest son
Demetrius to Rome: partly to make his defence
on the charges brought against him, and partly
also to beg pardon for any error which he
might have committed.
Sends his son Demetrius there, in hopes of putting off the war for a time.
He felt certain that
everything he wished would be obtained from the Senate by
means of this young prince, because of the extraordinary
attentions which had been shown him when he was acting as
a hostage. He no sooner conceived this idea than he set
about making preparations for sending the prince and those
of his own friends destined to accompany him on his mission.
At the same time he promised the Byzantines to give them
help: not so much because he cared for them, as from a wish
under cover of their name to strike terror into the princes of
the Thracians living beyond the Propontis, as a step towards
the fulfilment of his main purpose. . .