Ambassadors from Ariarathes to Rome
About this time ambassadors arrived from Ariarathes,
B. C. 163. Ariarathes Philopator continues his father's policy of friendship with Rome.
who had recently succeeded to the kingdom of
Cappadocia, to renew the existing friendship
and alliance with Rome, and in general to
exhort the Senate to accept the king's affection
and goodwill, which he entertained, both in their
private and public capacity, for all the Romans.
The Senate, on hearing this, acceded to the request for the
renewal of the friendship and alliance, and graciously acknowledged
the general amity of the king. The chief reason for
this warmth on the part of the Senate was the report of the
envoys under Tiberius, who, when sent to inspect the state of
Cappadocia, had returned full of the praises of the late king
and of his kingdom generally. It was on the credit of this
report that the Senate received the ambassadors of Ariarathes
graciously, and acknowledged the goodwill of the king. . . .