Character of Eumenes
King Eumenes was entirely broken in bodily strength,
Death and character of Eumenes, B. C. 159.
but still maintained his brilliancy of mind. He
was a man who in most things was the equal of
any king of his time; and in those which were
the most important and honourable, was greater and more
illustrious than them all.
He raised his kingdom to the first rank;
First, he succeeded his father in a kingdom reduced to a
very few insignificant cities; and he raised it to
the level of the largest dynasties of his day. And it was not
chance which contributed to this, or a mere sudden catastrophe, it was his own acuteness, indefatigable industry, and
was exceedingly bountiful;
Again, he was exceedingly
ambitious of establishing a good reputation,
and showed it by doing good services to a very
large number of cities, and enriching privately a great many
men. And in the third place, he had three brothers grown
up and active, and he kept all four of them loyal to himself,
and acting as guards of his person and preservers
of the kingdom: and that is a thing of which
there are very rare instances in history. . . .
and was loyally served by four brothers.
On succeeding his brother Eumenes on the throne, Attalus
Attalus restores Ariarathes.
at once gave a specimen of his principles and activity by restoring Ariarathes to his kingdom.1
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