Roman Envoys Come to Antioch
After the completion of the festival, the envoys with
Roman envoys at Antioch. Antiochus affects extreme cordiality.
Tiberius Gracchus arrived, who had been sent
from Rome to investigate the state of affairs in
Syria. Antiochus received them with such tact
and with so many expressions of kindness, that
Tiberius not only had no suspicion that he was meditating any
active step, or cherishing any sinister feeling on account of what
had happened at Alexandria, but was even induced by the extraordinary kindness of his reception to discredit those who made
any such suggestion. For, besides other courtesies, the king
gave up his own hall for the use of the envoys, and almost his
crown in appearance; although his true sentiments were not at
all of this kind, and he was on the contrary profoundly incensed
with the Romans. . . .