There were besides these other robbers that came out of the country,
and came into the city, and joining to them those that were worse than
themselves, omitted no kind of barbarity; for they did not measure their
courage by their rapines and plunderings only, but preceded as far as murdering
men; and this not in the night time or privately, or with regard to ordinary
men, but did it openly in the day time, and began with the most eminent
persons in the city; for the first man they meddled with was Antipas, one
of the royal lineage, and the most potent man in the whole city, insomuch
that the public treasures were committed to his care; him they took and
confined; as they did in the next place to Levias, a person of great note,
with Sophas, the son of Raguel, both which were of royal lineage also.
And besides these, they did the same to the principal men of the country.
This caused a terrible consternation among the people, and everyone contented
himself with taking care of his own safety, as they would do if the city
had been taken in war.