The Roman Commissioners Arrive at Ephesus
He himself started in full force for Perga, where he
A faithful officer at Perga.
heard that a commander of a garrison placed in
that town by Antiochus had neither left it himself nor withdrawn his garrison. When he
came within a short distance of the place he was met by
the captain of the garrison, who begged Cnaeus not to condemn him unheard. "He had received the city from
Antiochus in trust, and was holding it until he should be
instructed what to do by the sovereign who had entrusted it
to him." And he therefore begged for thirty days' respite, to
enable him to send and ask the king for instructions.
Observing that Antiochus was behaving straightforwardly in
other particulars, Cnaeus consented to allow him to send and
ask the king the question. After some days the officer
accordingly received an answer, and surrendered the city.
About this time, just at the beginning of summer, the ten
Summer, B. C. 188. The ten Roman commissioners
arrive in Asia. See ch. 24.
commissioners and king Eumenes arrived by
sea at Ephesus; and, after giving themselves
two days to recover from the voyage, proceeded
up the country to Apameia. When their arrival
was known to Cnaeus Manlius, he sent his
brother Lucius with four thousand men to Oroanda (in Pisidia),
as a forcible hint that they must pay the money owing, in accordance with the terms agreed on; while he himself marched his
army at full speed to meet Eumenes and the commissioners.
On his arrival he found the king and the ten commissioners,
and immediately held a consultation with them on the
measures to be taken. The first resolution come to was to
confirm the sworn agreement and treaty with Antiochus, about
which I need say no more, beyond giving the actual text of
the treaty, which was as follows:—