1. Dum in Asia bellum geritur, ne in Aetolia quidem res quietae fuerant, principio a gente Athamanum orto. 2Athamania ea tempestate, pulso Amynandro, sub praefectis Philippi regio tenebatur praesidio, qui superbo atque immodico imperio desiderium Amynandri fecerant. 3exsulanti tum Amynandro in Aetolia litteris suorum, indicantium statum Athamaniae, spes reciperandi regni facta est. 4remissique ab eo nuntiant principibus Argitheam—id enim caput Athamaniae erat—si popularium animos satis perspectos haberet, impetrato ab Aetolis auxilio in Athamaniam se venturum . . .1 cum delectis Aetolorum,2 quod consilium est gentis, et Nicandro praetore. 5quos ubi ad omnia paratos esse vidit, certiores suos deinde3 facit quo die cum exercitu Athamaniam ingressurus esset.
1. While the war in was going on in Asia, the situation had not been peaceful in Aetolia, either, the unrest here having its origins with the Athamanian people. At this time, following the expulsion of Amynander,1 Athamania was occupied by a royal garrison under officers of Philip, who by their arrogant and oppressive regime had aroused regret over the loss of Amynander. Then in exile in Aetolia, Amynander was led to hope of recovering his kingdom by letters from his supporters, who informed him of the situation in Athamania. When the messengers were sent back by him they reported to the leading citizens at Argithea—this was the capital of Athamania2—that if he could clearly discern the sentiments of his compatriots he would obtain assistance from the Aetolians and come to Athamania . . .3 with the select group of Aetolians forming that people’s supreme council,4 and their praetor Nicander.5 When he ascertained that they were ready for any venture, Amynander then informed his supporters of the day on which he would invade Athamania with an army.
- 1Earlier an ally of the Romans, Amynander had joined the Aetolians and Antiochus in opposing them in Greece (35.47.5–8). After Antiochus’ defeat, he fled to Ambracia (36.14.9).
- 2Barr. 55 B2.
- 3Something has dropped out of the text here. Walsh supplements “He had negotiated this.”
- 4The apocleti; cf. 35.34.2, 36.28.8.
- 5Anti-Roman strategos of the Aetolian League in 190/89 (cf. Walbank 3.82), who had already been involved in negotiations with Philip (35.12.10–15) and Antiochus (36.29.3).