Source: Mythology http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/things/holidays/thanksgiving/twogreat3.htm 5th paragraphDionysus was led in before him by a band of soldiers. They said he had not tried to flee or to resist, but had done all possible to make it easy for them to seize and bring him until they felt ashamed and told him they were acting under orders, not of their own free will. They declared, too, that the maidens they had imprisoned had all escaped to the mountains.
I know the meanings of each word but I can't understand the blue part as a whole.
This is my paraphrase: "They were acting against the rules unintentionally"
Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?
Thank you very much