ed, the more uncontrollable would be the rule of the Gauls in Asia, and all the lands on this side of the ridges of Taurus you would have added to Gallic territory, not to your own.
Grant, if you will, that what my opponents say is true; but even on one occasion,Manlius contrasts his own realistic and his opponents' legalistic points of view. He then renders the latter absurd by putting into the mouths of his opponents the argument that Rome did not even intervene to protect Delphi in 279 B.C. (sed etiam introduces a special case illustrating the general line of argument in ista). He refutes this imaginary argument by pointing out Rome's new position in the world. Delphi, the common oracle of the human race, the navel of the world, the Gauls despoiled, and the Romans did not on that account declare or wage a war upon them.
For my part, I thought that there was some difference between that time, when Greece and Asia were not yet under your control and sway, as regards your i