A – Flamininus Proclaims the “Freedom of the Greeks,” Polybius 18. 46. 1-4

[1] δοξάντων δὲ τούτων, καὶ τῆς Ἰσθμίων πανηγύρεως ἐπελθούσης, καὶ σχεδὸν ἀπὸ πάσης τῆς οἰκουμένης τῶν ἐπιφανεστάτων ἀνδρῶν συνεληλυθότων διὰ τὴν προσδοκίαν τῶν ἀποβησομένων, πολλοὶ καὶ ποικίλοι καθ᾽ ὅλην τὴν πανήγυριν ἐνέπιπτον λόγοι, [2] τῶν μὲν ἀδύνατον εἶναι φασκόντων Ῥωμαίους ἐνίων ἀποστῆναι τόπων καὶ πόλεων, τῶν δὲ διοριζομένων ὅτι τῶν μὲν ἐπιφανῶν εἶναι δοκούντων τόπων ἀποστήσονται, τοὺς δὲ φαντασίαν μὲν ἔχοντας ἐλάττω, χρείαν δὲ τὴν αὐτὴν παρέχεσθαι δυναμένους καθέξουσι. [3] καὶ τούτους εὐθέως ἐπεδείκνυσαν αὐτοὶ καθ᾽ αὑτῶν διὰ τῆς πρὸς ἀλλήλους εὑρεσιλογίας. [4] τοιαύτης δ᾽ οὔσης ἐν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τῆς ἀπορίας, ἁθροισθέντος τοῦ πλήθους εἰς τὸ στάδιον ἐπὶ τὸν ἀγῶνα, προελθὼν ὁ κῆρυξ καὶ κατασιωπησάμενος τὰ πλήθη διὰ τοῦ σαλπικτοῦ τόδε τὸ κήρυγμ᾽ ἀνηγόρευσεν: “

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Who does Polybius say was present at the Isthmian games? Where specifically were they gathered?

As the spectators gathered, what were the two competing accounts of what the Romans would do as a result of defeating Philip V at Cynocephalae?  Was the crowd optimistic or pessimistic about what the Romans might decide?