Roman Envoys Make Peace Between Prusias and Attalus
At the same time Athenaeus set sail with eighty
Summer of B. C. 154. Attalus's brother Athenaeus harasses the coast of Prusias's kingdom.
decked ships, of which five were quadriremes
sent by the Rhodians for the Cretan war, twenty
from Cyzicus, twenty-seven Attalus's own, and
the rest contributed by the other allies. Having
sailed to the Hellespont, and reached the cities
subject to Prusias, he made frequent descents
upon the coast, and greatly harassed the country. But when
the Senate heard the report of the commissioners who had
returned from Prusias, they immediately despatched three
new ones, Appius Claudius, Lucius Oppius, and Aulus Postumius: who, on arriving in Asia, put an end to the war by
bringing the two kings to make peace, on condition of Prusias
at once handing over to Attalus twenty decked ships, and
paying him five hundred talents in twenty years, both retaining
the territory which they had at the commencement of the
war. Farther, that Prusias should make good the damage
done to the inhabitants of Methymna, Aegae, Cymae, Heracleia, by a payment of a hundred talents to those towns.
The treaty having been drawn out in writing on those terms,
Attalus withdrew his army and navy to his own country. Such
are the particulars of the events which took place in the
quarrel between Attalus and Prusias. . . .