Prusias and Attalus
After his defeat by Prusias Attalus appointed his
Attalus sends his brother to Rome.
brother Athenaeus to accompany Publius Lentulus to Rome to inform the Senate of what
had happened. At Rome they had not paid
much attention when a previous messenger named Andronicus
had come from Attalus, with news of the original invasion;
because they suspected that Attalus wished to attack Prusias
himself, and was therefore getting up a case against him beforehand, and trying to prejudice him in their eyes by these
accusations; and when Nicomedes and some
ambassadors from Prusias, headed by Antiphilus, arrived and protested that there was not
a word of truth in the statement, the Senate
was still more incredulous of what had been
said about Prusias.
Prusias had sent his son Nicomedes and some ambassadors to represent his case at Rome.
But when after a time the real truth was
made known, the Senate still felt uncertain,
and sent Lucius Apuleius and Gaius Petronius
to investigate what was the state of the case in
regard to these two kings.
The Senate send fresh commissioners to investigate.