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2. A grandson of the above. He received his education at Rome, and after his return to his own country adhered to the Roman cause; but here ends all resemblance between himself and his grandfather, who is called καλὸς κἀγαθὸς by Polybius. (27.13.) It was this younger Charops by whose calumnies Antinous and Cephalus were driven in self-defence to take the side of Perseus [ANTINOUS]; and he was again one of those who flocked from the several states of Greece to Aemilius Paullus at Amphipolis, in B. C. 167, to congratulate him on the decisive victory at Pydna in the preceding year, and who seized the opportunity to rid themselves of the most formidable of their political opponents by pointing them out as friends of Macedonia, and so causing them to be apprehended and sent to Rome. (Plb. 30.10; Liv. 45.31; Diod. Exc. p. 578; see p. 569b.) The power thus obtained Charops in particular so barbarously abused, that Polybius has recorded his belief " that there never had been before and never would be again a greater monster of cruelty." But even his cruelty did not surpass his rapacity and extortion, in which he was fully aided and seconded by his mother, Philotis. (Diod. Exc. p. 587.) His proceedings, however, were discountenanced at Rome, and when he went thither to obtain the senate's confirmation of his iniquity, he not only received from them an unfavourable and threatening answer, but the chief men of the state, and Aemilius Paullus among the number, refused to receive him into their houses. Yet on his return to Epeirus he had the audacity to falsify the senate's sentence. The year 157 B. C. is commemorated by Polybius as one in which Greece was purged of many of her plagues : as an instance of this, he mentions the death of Charops at Brundisium. (Plb. 30.14, 31.8, 32.21, 22.) Both this man and his grandfather are called " Charopus" by Livy.


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