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Caecilius Reports and Ambassadors Respond When Caecilius returned from Greece and made his Ambassadors from Philip and the Achaeans heard on the report of Caecilius, B. C. 185-184. report to the Senate concerning Macedonia and the Peloponnese, the ambassadors who had come to Rome on these matters were introduced into the Senate. First came those from Philip and Eumenes, as well as the exiles from Aenus and Maroneia; and on their saying much the same as they had said before Caecilius and his colleagues at Thessalonica, the Senate voted to send another deputation to Philip, to see first of all whether he had evacuated the cities in Perrhaebia in conformity with the answer he gave to Caecilius: and secondly, to order him to remove his garrison from Aenus and Maroneia; and in a word, to abandon all fortresses, positions, and towns on the sea-board of Thrace. After these the ambassadors from the Peloponnese wereThe Achaean ambassadors make their defence. introduced. For the Achaeans on t
Demetrius Before the Senate IN the 149th Olympiad a greater number of embassies came to Rome from Greece than were 149th Olympiad, B.C. 184-180. almost ever seen before. For as Philip was compelled by treaty to submit disputes with his neighbours to arbitration, and as it was known that the Romans were willing to receive accusations against Philip, and would secure the safety of those who had controversies with him, all who lived near the frontier of Macedonia came to Rome, some in their private capacity, some from cities, others from whole tribes, with complaints against Philip. Coss. P. Claudius Pulcher, L. Porcius Licinus, B.C. 184. At the same time also came ambassadors from Eumenes, accompanied by his brother Athenaeus, to accuse Philip in regard to the Thracian cities and the aid sent to Prusias. Philip's son, Demetrius, also came to make answer to all these various envoys, accompanied by Apelles and Philocles, who were at that time considered the king's first friends. Ambassad
Decadence at Rome The dissoluteness of the young men in Rome had Cato on the growth of luxury. grown to such a height, and broke out in such extravagances, that there were many instances of men purchasing a jar of Pontic salt-fish for three hundred drachmae.About £12. In reference to which Marcus Porcius Cato once said to the people in indignation, that no better proof could be shown of the degeneracy of the state than that good-looking slavesIn his Censorship (B. C. 184) Cato imposed a tax on slaves under twenty sold for more than ten sestertia (about £70.) Livy, 39, 44. should fetch more than a farm, and a jar of salt-fish more than a carter. . .