Eumenes Persuaded to Speak
The remaining chapters of this book are placed by Schweighaeuser and
others in book 22, 1-27.
At the beginning of the summer
B. C. 189. Coss. Cn. Manlius Vulso, M. Fulvius
following the victory of the Romans over Antiochus, the ambassadors
of that king, and those from Rhodes, as well as
from the other states arrived in Rome. For, as I
said, nearly all the states in Asia began sending envoys to Rome immediately after the battle, because
the hopes of all as to their future position rested
at that time on the Senate.
Nobilior. Reception of king Eumenes and the ambassadors at Rome.
All who arrived
were graciously received by the Senate; but the most imposing
reception was that accorded to king Eumenes, both in the complimentary processions
sent out to meet him and the arrangements made for his entertainment; and next in cordiality to
his reception was that given to the Rhodians.
The audiences in the Senate. Eumenes.
When the time for the audiences came, they first
called in the king and bade him say freely what
he wished to obtain at the hands of the Senate.
But Eumenes at first evaded the task by saying:
"If I had been desirous of obtaining any favour from others,
I should have looked to the Romans for advice, that I might
neither desire anything that was wrong nor ask anything unfair;
but seeing that I am here to prefer my request to the Romans
themselves, I think it better to leave the interests of myself and
my brothers unreservedly in their hands." And though one
of the Senators rose and begged him to have no apprehension,
but to speak his mind, he still adhered to this view. And so
after a certain time had elapsed the king withdrew; and the
Senate, remaining in the curia, debated what was to be done.
Eventually it was decreed to call upon Eumenes to declare
with his own mouth the objects of his visit without reserve,
on the ground that he knew best what his own kingdom required,
and what was the state of things in Asia. He was then called
in; and, one of the Senators having informed him of the vote,
he was compelled to speak on the business.