Romans and Perseus Try to Secure Greece
Whilst these things were being accomplished at Thebes,
The cause of the exiles' triumph at Chalcis.
the exiles in Chalcis appointed Pompides to
state their grievances against Ismenias, Neon,
and Dicetas. The bad policy of these men
being manifest, and the Romans lending their support to the
exiles, Hippias and his party were rendered so odious that
they were in danger of falling victims to the fury of the populace, until the Romans, by checking the assaults of the mob,
secured them a certain degree of safety.
When the Theban envoys arrived, bringing with them to
Dissolution of the Boeotian league, B. C. 171.
the commissioners the decrees and honours I
have mentioned, a rapid change passed over
the face of things in each of the towns, for
they were separated by a very narrow interval from each other.
The commissioners with Marcius received the Theban envoys, complimented their town and counselled them to restore
the exiles, and bade the several towns send embassies to Rome
submitting themselves individually and unreservedly to the
protection of the Romans. Their policy, therefore, of splitting
up the league of the Boeotian towns, and of destroying the
popularity of the Macedonian royal house with the Boeotian
populace having thus completely succeeded, the commissioners
sent for Servius Lentulus from Argos, and leaving him in
charge at Chalcis went themselves to the Peloponnese; while
Neon a few days afterwards retired to Macedonia; and
Ismenias and Dicetas, being thrown at once into prison,
shortly afterwards put an end to their lives. Thus it came
about that the Boeotians, who had for a long period of
years, and through many strange vicissitudes, maintained a
national league, by now rashly and inconsiderately adopting
the cause of Perseus, and giving way to an outburst of unreasoning excitement, were entirely disintegrated and split up
into separate cities.
When Aulus and Marcius arrived at Argos, after communication with the council
of the Achaean league,
The Commissioners in the Peloponnese.
they called upon Archon the Strategus to despatch a thousand men to Chalcis, to garrison
the town until the arrival of the Romans; an order which
Archon readily obeyed. Having thus settled affairs in Greece
during the winter, and met Publius Lentulus and his two
colleagues, the commissioners sailed back to Rome. . . .