The Prienians Refuse to Give Orophernes' Funds to Ariarathes
About this time an unexpected misfortune befell the
Honesty of the people of Priene (in Caria) in preserving the money deposited by Orophernes.
people of Priene. They had received a deposit
of four hundred talents from Orophernes when he
got possession of the kingdom; and subsequently
when Ariarathes recovered his dominion he
demanded the money of them. But they acted
like honest men, in my opinion, in declaring
that they would deliver it to no one as long as Orophernes
was alive, except to the person who deposited it with them;
while Ariarathes was thought by many to be committing a
breach of equity in demanding a deposit made by another.
However, up to this point, one might perhaps pardon his
making the attempt, because he looked upon the money as
belonging to his own kingdom; but to push his anger and
imperious determination as much farther as he did seems
utterly unjustifiable. At the period I refer to, then, he sent
troops to pillage the territory of Priene, Attalus assisting and
urging him on from the private grudge which he entertained
towards the Prienians. After losing many slaves and cattle,
some of them being slaughtered close to the city itself, the
Prienians, unable to defend themselves, first sent an embassy
to the Rhodians, and eventually appealed for protection to
Rome. . . .
But he would not listen to the proposal. So it came about
that the Prienians, who had great hopes from the possession of
so large a sum of money, found themselves entirely disappointed. For they repaid Orophernes his deposit, and,
thanks to this same deposit, were unjustly exposed to severe
damage at the hands of Ariarathes. . . .