Services of Macedonians To Greece
"Not being able to say anything in defence of
any of these acts, you talk pompously about
your having resisted the invasion of Delphi
by the barbarians, and allege that for this Greece ought
to be grateful to you. But if for this one service some gratitude is owing to the Aetolians; what high honour do the
Macedonians deserve, who throughout nearly their whole
lives are ceaselessly engaged in a struggle with the barbarians
for the safety of the Greeks? For that Greece would have
been continually involved in great dangers, if we had not had
the Macedonians and the ambition of their kings as a barrier,
who is ignorant? And there is a very striking
proof of this. [Note] For no sooner had the Gauls
conceived a contempt for the Macedonians, by
their victory over Ptolemy Ceraunus, than,
thinking the rest of no account, Brennus
promptly marched into the middle of Greece.
And this would often have happened if the
Macedonians had not been on our frontiers.
"However, though I have much that I could say on the past,
I think this is enough. Of all the actions of Philip, they have
selected his destruction of the temple, to fasten the charge of
impiety upon him. They did not add a word about their own
outrage and crime, which they perpetrated in regard to the
temples in Dium, and Dodona, and the sacred enclosures of
the gods. The speaker should have mentioned this first.
But anything you Aetolians have suffered you recount to these
gentlemen with exaggeration: but the things you have inflicted
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unprovoked, though many times as numerous as the others,
you pass over in silence; because you know full well that everybody lays the blame of acts of injustice and mischief on those
who give the provocation by unjust actions themselves.