- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
Sure, Rome might have come for Antiochos eventually, but I don't think he would have neccessarily faced an immediate war with Rome had he refused Popillius Laenas.Rome may not have been ready for war in 168, just as they weren't ready for Hannibal in 220 when he told their envoys he'd attack Saguntum and cross the Ebro (or in 219 when he besieged Saguntum for eight months and received no military opposition from Rome), just as they weren't ready for Philip V when he sided with Hannibal in 215, but attacking Rome's friends necessitated war, whether it happened sooner or later. And to judge from other Hellenistic-Roman wars it would probably have ended after one or two Roman victories and a treaty that favoured Rome. The Hellenistic kings do not appear to have shared that intense Roman drive for victory at all costs.