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Polybius, Histories, book 18, Anacleteria of Ptolemy Epiphanes (search)
e of Scopas his love of money had Enormous wealth collected by Scopas. been notorious, for his avarice did in fact surpass that of any man in the world, so after his death was it made still more conspicuous by the enormous amount of gold and other property found in his house; for by the assistance of the coarse manners and drunken habits of Charimortus he had absolutely pillaged the kingdom. Having thus settled the Aetolian business to their liking,The anacleteria of Ptolemy Epiphanes, B. C. 176. Aet. 14. the courtiers turned their attention to the ceremony of instituting the king into the management of his office, called the Anacleteria. His age was not indeed yet so far advanced as to make this necessary; but they thought that the kingdom would gain a certain degree of firmness and a fresh impulse towards prosperity, if it were known that the king had assumed the independent direction of the government. They then made the preparations for the ceremony with great splendour, and carr