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1 Crevier supplement:  “While the tribunes blamed the hasty proceeding of the praetor, they imitated the example by protesting before their time. The only pretence they alleged for it was, the necessity for adjourning the entire deliberation concerning the Rhodians until the return of the general and the ten commissioners from Macedon, who, after most carefully weighing the matter ac- cording to the communications received in their letters and tab- lets, were likely to give certain information relative to the feelings which each state had borne towards Perseus or the Romans. But when the praetor, nevertheless, persisted in his determination, the matter came to this, that Antonius, the tri- bune of the commons, after bringing [6??] the ambassadors before the people, dragged down from the rostrum Thalna, who was attempting to ascend it contrary to his wishes, and was be- ginning to address the people, and gave the Rhodians an opportunity of speaking before the general assembly. But although the violent and impetuous attempt of the praetor had been defeated by corresponding firmness on the part of the tribune, still anxiety did not as yet leave the minds of the Rhodians; for the senators bore them a most unfriendly feel- ing; so that the Rhodians were relieved from the impending evil for the present, rather than completely rescued from it. Therefore, when a meeting of the senate was granted to them, after requesting it for a long time and frequently, on their introduction by the consul they lay at first for a long time with their persons prostrated on the ground; afterwards, when the consul raised them up and ordered them to speak, Asty- medes, whose appearance was most calculated to excite pity, spoke to the following effect: "Conscript fathers, this grief and degradation of allies, who enjoyed your friendship a short time ago, cannot fail to be pitied even by those who are [7??] irri- tated against us; and how much more justly will compassion enter your minds, if you will but consider the hard conditions [p. 2140]under which we this day, in your presence, plead the cause of our state, already almost [8??] condemned. Others are accused prior to their condemnation; nor do they suffer punishment until their guilt is ascertained.”
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