Although the Macedonians were governed by a monarch, yet they enjoyed greater liberty than most of the Grecian states. Their monarchs ruled, but it was after the maxims of natural equity. Their authority was sufficient to enable them to act as the guardians of the state, but not to tender them its oppressors. They dared not commit any flagrant injustice to gratify their own wills, or their private revenge. A law was laid down for their actions at the commencement of the constitution, and it was not subverted but with the kingdom. Hence, Lucian, introducing Philip and Alexander in his "Dialogues", makes the former call the Macedonians "freemen".