Excerpt from Extracts From Livy, Vol. 3: Edited With English Notes and Maps; The Macedonian War
The prospect of the outlay necessary for such an c¿ort was too much for him. He waited near his base and left the Romans to storm the cities of Haliartus and Coronea, whose only of... fence was that they were loyal. So the campaign closed for the year 171 and the elections of the following year sent a very di¿'erent man, Aulus Hostilius, to the command of their army. For a year the legionaries had to submit to the enforcement of stern discipline by a man of no great mark in the military world. The abuses in the army were corrected as far as could be done by a general who was constantly urging precept without example. Whole nations and cities were subjected to the grossest outrages to enrich the commander, whilst the common soldiers were punished severely for the least breach of discipline. Incompetence had been succeeded by selfish ness; the man was still wanting to carry out the great republic's work. Eumenes and his Greek and Asiatic allies might well begin to think that Spartan harmosts and Macedonian marshals were better than Roman consuls, so long as neither possessed the gentleness of a Flamininus or the moral purity of a Fabricius. The political success of Rome in the East had been based on the general belief in her incorruptibility; when that failed, a corrupt Greek government might well be preferred by Greeks. That was not too great a strain on Greek patriotism.
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