Philip's Increasing Deterioration
A fragment of a speech of some Macedonian orator as to the
Aetolians making an alliance with Rome.
"The case is just like that of the disposition of the
Alliance between Aetolians and Rome against Philip,
negotiated by Scopas and Dorimachus, B. C. 211. See Livy, 26, 24.
various kinds of troops on the field of battle.
The light-armed and most active men bear the
brunt of the danger, are the first to be engaged
and the first to perish, while the phalanx and
the heavy-armed generally carry off the glorySo in this case, the Aetolians, and such of the
Peloponnesians as are in alliance with them, are put in the post
of danger; while the Romans, like the phalanx, remain in
reserve. And if the former meet with disaster and perish, the
Romans will retire unharmed from the struggle; while if they
are victorious, which Heaven forbid ! the Romans will get
not only them but the rest of the Greeks also into their
power. . . ."1