Polybius, The Histories

LCL 161: 104-105

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The Histories of Polybius



1. Ὅτι κατὰ τὸν καιρὸν τοῦτον ἦλθε παρὰ τοῦ 2βασιλέως Εὐμένους ἀδελφὸς Ἄτταλος, ἔχων μὲν πρόφασιν, εἰ καὶ μὴ τὸ κατὰ τοὺς Γαλάτας ἐγεγόνει σύμπτωμα περὶ τὴν βασιλείαν, ὅμως ἐλθεῖν εἰς τὴν Ῥώμην ἕνεκεν τοῦ συγχαρῆναι τῇ συγκλήτῳ καὶ τυχεῖν τινος ἐπισημασίας διὰ τὸ συμπεπολεμηκέναι καὶ πάντων εὐμενῶς σφίσι μετεσχηκέναι τῶν κινδύνων· 3τότε δὲ καὶ διὰ τὴν Γαλατικὴν περίστασιν ἠναγκασμένος 4ἧκεν εἰς τὴν Ῥώμην. πάντων δὲ φιλοφρόνως αὐτὸν ἀποδεχομένων διά τε τὴν ἐν τῇ στρατείᾳ γεγενημένην συνήθειαν καὶ διὰ τὸ δοκεῖν εὔνουν αὐτοῖς ὑπάρχειν, καὶ γινομένης τῆς ἀπαντήσεως ὑπὲρ τὴν προσδοκίαν, μετέωρος ἐγενήθη ταῖς ἐλπίσιν, οὐκ εἰδὼς τὴν ἀληθινὴν 5αἰτίαν τῆς ἀποδοχῆς. διὸ καὶ παρ᾿ ὀλίγον ἦλθε τοῦ λυμήνασθαι τὰ σφέτερα πράγματα καὶ τὴν ὅλην 6βασιλείαν. τῶν γὰρ πλείστων Ῥωμαίων ἀπηλλοτριωμένων τῆς τοῦ βασιλέως Εὐμένους εὐνοίας καὶ πεπεισμένων αὐτὸν πλάγιον ἐν τῷ πολέμῳ γεγονέναι, λαλοῦντα τῷ Περσεῖ καὶ τοῖς καιροῖς ἐφεδρεύοντα τοῖς


Book XXX



Attalus at Rome; Embassies from Rhodes

(Cf. Livy 45.19)

1. At this time Attalus arrived in Rome sent by his168–167 b.c. brother Eumenes, the pretext for his mission being, that even if there had not been the Galatian trouble1 in the kingdom, still he would have come with the wish to congratulate the senate and with the hope of receiving some marks of attention, as they had fought side by side with the Romans and loyally shared all their dangers. Now, however, the Galatian danger had obliged him to come to Rome. He was very cordially received on all sides since they had become intimate with him in camp, and thought he was very well disposed to Rome, and, as the warmth of his reception even surpassed his expectations, he began to entertain extravagant hopes, not knowing the true reason of their kindness. In consequence he narrowly escaped damaging the interests of himself and his brother and their kingdom in general. For as the regard of most of the Romans for Eumenes had been estranged, and they were convinced that he had not acted straight in the war, but had kept on communicating with Perseus and watching for

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.polybius-histories.2010