Asia: Factions at Phocaea
Factions became rife at Phocaea,1
partly because they
A party at Phocaea wish to join Antiochus, B. C. 190.
suffered from the Romans left with the ships
being quartered on them, and partly because
they were annoyed at the tribute imposed on
them. . . .
Then the Phocaean magistrates, alarmed at the state of
popular excitement caused by the dearth of corn, and the
agitation kept up by the partisans of Antiochus, sent envoys
who was on their frontiers, ordering him not to
approach the town, as they were resolved to remain neutral
and await the final decision of the quarrel, and then obey
orders. Of these ambassadors the partisans of Seleucus and
his faction were Aristarchus, Cassander, and Rhodon; those,
on the contrary, who inclined to Rome were Hegias and Gelias.
On their arrival Seleucus at once showed every attention to
Aristarchus and his partisans, but treated Hegias and Gelias
with complete neglect. But when he was informed of the
state of popular feeling, and the shortness of provisions in
Phocaea, he threw aside all negotiation or discussion with the
envoys, and marched towards the town. . . .
Two Galli, with sacred images and figures
The Roman fleet at Sestos.
Intercession of the Galli or priests of Cybele. Livy, 37, 9.
on their breasts, advanced from the town, and besought them not to adopt any extreme measures
against the city.3
. . .