Such were the criticisms commonly made on the dealings
The pretended Philip, son of Perseus, B. C. 149.
of the Romans with the Carthaginians. But as
to the Pseudo-Philip, the report at first appeared
quite beneath consideration. A Philip suddenly appears in Macedonia, as though he had dropped from
the skies, in contempt of Macedonians and Romans alike,
without having the least reasonable pretext for his claim, as
every one knew that the real Philip had died in Alba in Italy
two years after Perseus himself. But when, three or four
months afterwards, a report arrived that he had conquered the
Macedonians in a battle in the territory of the Odomanti
beyond the Strymon, some believed it, but the majority were
still incredulous. But presently, when news came that he had
conquered the Macedonians in a battle on this side of the
Strymon, and was master of all Macedonia; and when letters
and envoys came from the Thessalians to the Achaeans
imploring help, as though the danger were now affecting
Thessaly, it seemed an astonishing and inexplicable event; for
there was nothing to give it the air of probability, or to supply
a rational explanation of it.
Such was the view taken of these things in Greece. . . .