The Peace is Ratified
This speech of Agelaus greatly influenced the allies
in favour of peace; and Philip more than any
one: as the arguments employed chimed in with
the wishes which the advice of Demetrius had
already roused in him. Both parties therefore came to terms
on the details of the treaty; and after ratifying it, separated to
their several cities, taking peace with them instead of war.
These events all fell in the third year of the 140th Olympiad.
Olympiad 140, 3. Before July B. C. 217.
I mean the battle of the Romans in Etruria,
that of Antiochus for Coele-Syria
, and lastly the
treaty between Philip and the Aetolians.
This then was the first point of time, and the first instance
The Eastern and Western politics become involved with each other.
of a deliberation, which may be said to have
regarded the affairs of Greece
, and Libya
as a connected whole: for neither Philip nor the
leading statesmen of the Greek cities made war
or peace any longer with each other with a view to Greek
affairs, but were already all fixing their eyes upon Italy
was it long before the islanders and inhabitants of Asia
were affected in the same way; for those who were displeased
with Philip, or who had quarrels with Attalus, no longer turned
to Antiochus or Ptolemy, to the south or the east, but from
this time forth fixed their eyes on the west, some sending
embassies to Carthage
, others to Rome
. The Romans similarly
began sending legates to Greece
, alarmed at the daring character
of Philip, and afraid that he might join in the attack upon them
in their present critical position. Having thus fulfilled my
original promise of showing when, how, and why Greek politics
became involved in those of Italy
, I shall now bring
my account of Greek affairs down to the date of the battle of
, to which I have already brought the history of Italy
and will end this book at that point.