Ariarathes of Cappadocia
While this was going on at Rome, envoys from the
Missions to Ariarathes, king of
city, under Marcus Junius, had arrived to
arbitrate on the disputes between the Gauls
and king Ariarathes.
Cappadocia, in regard to the encroachments of the Gauls.
For the Trocmi, having
found themselves unable to annex any portion
of Cappadocia by their unaided efforts, and
having been promptly foiled in their audacious
sought refuge with the Romans, and endeavoured
to bring Ariarathes into discredit there. On this account an
embassy under M. Junius was sent to Cappadocia. The
king gave them a satisfactory account of the affair, treated
them with great courtesy, and sent them away loud in his
praises. And when subsequently Gnaeus Octavius and
Spurius Lucretius arrived, and again addressed the king on
the subject of his controversies with the Gauls, after a brief
conversation on that subject, and saying that he would
acquiesce in their decision without difficulty, he
directed the rest of his remarks to the state of
Syria, being aware that Octavius and his
colleagues were going thither.
Ariarathes warns Octavius of the dangerous state of Syria.
out to them the unsettled state of the kingdom and the unprincipled character of the men at the head of affairs there;
and added that he would escort them with an army, and
remain on the watch for all emergencies, until they returned
from Syria in safety. Gnaeus and his colleagues acknowleged
the king's kindness and zeal, but said that for the present
they did not need the escort: on a future occasion, however,
if need should arise, they would let him know without delay;
for they considered him as one of the true friends of Rome. . . .
Ariarathes died soon after this embassy, and was succeeded by
his son Ariarathes Philopator. B. C. 164. Livy, Ep. 46.