Further Problems for Eumenes
After the conclusion of the battle between Perseus and
The unexpected always happens.
the Romans, king Eumenes found himself in
what people call an unexpected and extraordinary trouble, but what, if we regard the natural
course of human concerns, was quite an everyday affair. For
it is quite the way of Fortune to confound human calculations
by surprises; and when she has helped a man for a time, and
caused her balance to incline in his favour, to turn round
upon him as though she repented, throw her weight into the
opposite scale, and mar all his successes.
Eumenes disappointed of his hope of quiet by arising in Galatia
this was the case now with Eumenes. He imagined that at last his own kingdom was safe,
and that he might look forward to a time of
ease, now that Perseus and the whole kingdom of Macedonia
were utterly destroyed; yet it was then that he was confronted
with the gravest dangers, by the Gauls in Asia seizing the
opportunity for an unexpected rising. . . .
After reigning in Memphis for a time Philometor made
terms with his brother and sister, returned to Alexandria, and
there all three were being besieged by Antiochus. See above, 28, 18.