Antiochus in Arabia, B.C. 205-204
Labae, like Sabae, is a city of Chattenia, which is a
territory of the Gerraei. . . . In other respects, Chattenia is a
rugged country, but the wealth of the Gerraei who inhabit it
has adorned it with villages and towers. It lies along the
Arabian Sea, and Antiochus gave orders to spare it. . . .
In a letter to Antiochus the Gerraei demanded that he should
not destroy what the gods had given them—perpetual peace
and freedom; and this letter having been interpreted to him
he granted the request. . . .
Their freedom having been confirmed to the Gerraei, they
presented King Antiochus at once with five hundred talents
of silver, one thousand of frankincense, and two hundred of
oil of cinnamon, called stacte, all of them spices of the country
on the Arabian Sea. He then sailed to the island of Tylos,
and thence to Seleucia. . . .