whereupon accusers at once brought actions against the most
illustrious of the senators. Of these Bestia did not respond, but went into
exile voluntarily rather than surrender himself into the hands of his
enemies. After him Cotta went before the court, made a brilliant defence of
his administration of public affairs, and openly reviled the knights. He,
too, departed from the city before the vote of the judges was taken.
Mummius, the one who had conquered Greece, was basely ensnared by the knights, who promised to
acquit him, but condemned him to banishment. He passed the remainder of his
life at Delos.
As this wickedness prevailed more and more against the best citizens, the
people were grieved because they were deprived all at once of so many men
who had rendered such great services. When the Italians learned of the
killing of Drusus and of the reason alleged for banishing the others, they