Polybius, The Histories

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The Histories of Polybius

FRAGMENTA LIBRI XXXIII

I. RES ITALIAE

1. Ὅτι ἡ σύγκλητος ἔτι κατὰ χειμῶνα διακούσασα τῶν περὶ τὸν Πόπλιον Λέντλον ὑπὲρ τῶν κατὰ Προυσίαν διὰ τὸ νεωστὶ παραγεγονέναι τούτους ἐκ τῆς Ἀσίας, εἰσεκαλέσατο καὶ τὸν Ἀθήναιον τὸν Ἀττάλου 2τοῦ βασιλέως ἀδελφόν. οὐ μέντοι πολλῶν προσεδεήθη λόγων, ἀλλ᾿ εὐθέως καταστήσασα πρεσβευτὰς συνεξαπέστελλε τῷ προειρημένῳ τοὺς περὶ Γάιον Κλαύδιον Κέντωνα καὶ Λεύκιον Ὁρτήσιον καὶ Γάιον Αὐρογκολήιον, ἐντολὰς δοῦσα κωλύειν τὸν Προυσίαν Ἀττάλῳ πολεμεῖν.

3Παρεγένοντο δὲ καὶ παρὰ τῶν Ἀχαιῶν πρέσβεις εἰς Ῥώμην ὑπὲρ τῶν κατεχομένων οἱ περὶ Ξένωνα τὸν 4Αἰγιέα καὶ Τηλεκλέα τὸν Αἰγειράτην. ὧν ποιησαμένων λόγους ἐν τῇ συγκλήτῳ, καὶ τοῦ διαβουλίου προτεθέντος, παρ᾿ ὀλίγον ἦλθον ἀπολῦσαι τοὺς κατῃτιαμένους 5οἱ τοῦ συνεδρίου. τὴν δ᾿ αἰτίαν ἔσχε τοῦ μὴ συντελεσθῆναι τὴν ἀπόλυσιν Αὖλος Ποστόμιος, στρατηγὸς ὢν ἑξαπέλεκυς καὶ βραβεύων τὸ διαβούλιον.

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Book XXXIII

FRAGMENTS OF BOOK XXXIII

I. AFFAIRS OF ITALY

The War Between Prusias and Attalus

1. The senate, while it was still winter, had heard what156–155 b.c. Publius Lentulus had to report about King Prusias, as this legate had just returned from Asia, and they now summoned also Athenaeus, the brother of King Attalus. They did not, however, require many words from him, but at once appointed Gaius Claudius Cento, Lucius Hortensius, and Gaius Aurunculeius their legates1 and sent them off in company with Athenaeus with orders to prevent Prusias from making war on Attalus.

Embassy on Behalf of the Achaean Detainees

There came also to Rome an embassy from the Achaeans consisting of Xenon of Aegium and Telecles of Aegeira2 on behalf of those in detention. After they had spoken in the senate, when the debate was opened, the senate came very near setting the suspects free. That their liberation was not carried out was the fault of Aulus Postumius Albinus,3 at this time praetor and as such presiding

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.polybius-histories.2010