Complaints Against Eumenes
A large number of ambassadors from various quarters having arrived at Rome, the most important of which
B. C. 164. Complaints against Eumenes at Rome from Prusias of Bithynia, and other part of Asia.
were those with Astymedes from Rhodes, Eureus
Anaxidamus and Satyrus from the Achaeans,
and those with Pytho from Prusias,—the Senate
gave audience to these last. The ambassadors
from Prusias complained of king Eumenes,
alleging that he had taken certain places belonging to their
country, and had not in any sense evacuated Galatia, or obeyed
the decrees of the Senate; but had been supporting all who
favoured himself, and depressing in every possible way those
who wished to shape their policy in accordance with the
Senate's decrees. There were also some ambassadors from
certain towns in Asia, who accused the king on the grounds of
his intimate association with Antiochus.
The Senate's policy in Galatia.
The Senate listened
to the accusers, and neither rejected their accusations nor
openly expressed its own opinion; but acted with close reserve,
thoroughly distrusting both Eumenes and Antiochus: and meanwhile contented itself by continually supporting Galatia and contriving some
fresh security for its freedom.
Failure of the mission of Gracchus.
But the envoys under Tiberius
Gracchus, on their return from their mission, had
no clearer idea themselves in regard to Eumenes
and Antiochus than before they left Rome, nor
could they give the Senate one either. So completely had the
kings hoodwinked them by the cordiality of their reception.