Contrast Between Alexander and the Aetolians
"Again, you bitterly denounced Alexander, because,
Alexander's services to Greece.
when he believed himself to be wronged, he
: but of his having exacted
vengeance of the Persians for their outrages
on all the Greeks you made no mention at all; nor of
his having released us all in common from heavy miseries,
by enslaving the barbarians, and depriving them of the
supplies which they used for the ruin of the Greeks,—sometimes pitting the Athenians against the ancestors of these
gentlemen here, at another the Thebans; nor finally of his
having subjected Asia
to the Greeks.
"As for Alexander's successors how had you the audacity
to mention them? They were indeed, according
to the circumstances of the time, on many occasions the authors of good to some and of harm to others: for
which perhaps others might be allowed to bear them a grudge.
But to you
Aetolians it is in no circumstance open to do so,—
you who have never been the authors of anything good to
any one, but of mischief to many and on many occasions!
Who was it that called in Antigonus son of
Demetrius to the partition of the Achaean
league? Who was it that made a sworn treaty
with Alexander of Epirus
for the enslaving and dismembering
? Was it not you? What nation ever sent out
military commanders duly accredited of the sort that you
have? Men that ventured to do violence to the sanctity of
asylum itself! Timaeus violated the sanctuary of Poseidon on
Taenarum, and of Artemis at Lusi
. Pharylus and Polycritus
plundered, the former the sacred enclosure of Here in Argos
the latter that of Poseidon at Mantinea
. What again about
Lattabus and Nicostratus? Did not they make a treacherous
attack on the assembly of the Pan-Boeotians in time of peace,
committing outrages worthy of Scythians and Gauls? You
will find no such crimes as these committed by the Diadochi.