War in Crete
AT this time the Cnosians, in alliance with the
B. C. 165. War in Crete of Cnosus and Gortyn against Rhaucus.
Gortynians, made war upon the Rhaucians, and
swore a mutual oath that they would not end
the war until they had taken Rhaucus.
But when the Rhodians received the decree regarding
The Rhodians are again refused an alliance.
Caunus, and saw that the anger of the Romans
was not abating, after having scrupulously carried
out the orders contained in the Senate's replies,
they forthwith sent Aristotle at the head of an embassy to
Rome, with instructions to make another attempt to secure the
alliance. They arrived in Rome at the height of summer, and,
having been admitted to the Senate, at once declared how
their people had obeyed the Senate's orders, and pleaded for
the alliance, using a great variety of arguments in a speech of
considerable length. But the Senate returned them a reply in
which, without a word about their friendship, they said that, as
to the alliance, it was not proper for them to grant the Rhodians
this favour at present. . . .