Charops of Epirus
When he and his mother had thus got all the money
The people of Phoenice terrified or cajoled into supporting him.
they could out of these persons, they none the
less caused all the proscribed to be impeached
before the people; and the majority in Phoenice, partly from fear and partly induced by
the baits held out by Charops and his friends, condemned
all thus impeached, for being ill-disposed to Rome, to death
instead of banishment. These men, however, fled while
Charops visited Rome, whither he went with money, and
accompanied by Myrton and Nicanor, wishing to get a seal of
approval put to his wickedness by means of the Senate.
Charops goes to Rome, but is forbidden by the leading nobles to enter their houses,
that occasion a very honourable proof was given
of Roman principles; and a spectacle was displayed exceedingly gratifying to the Greeks
residing in Rome, especially the detenus.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, who was Pontifex
Maximus and Princeps Senatus, and Lucius Aemilius, the
conqueror of Perseus, a man of the highest credit and influence, learning what had been done by Charops in Epirus,
refused to admit him into their houses. This becoming
much talked about, the foreign residents in Rome were exceedingly rejoiced, and observed with pleasure that the
Romans discountenanced evil.
and repudiated by the Senate.
And on Charops
being afterwards admitted to the Senate-house,
the Senate refused to consent to his demands,
but answered that "They would give instructions to commissioners to examine into what had taken place."
He suppresses the reply of the Senate.
Charops returned home he entirely suppressed
this reply; and having written one to suit his
own ideas, gave out that the Romans approved
of what had been done by him. . . .