Eumenes and Pharnaces
When the Roman legates arrived and urged the putting
The Roman legates arrive and undertake to negotiate.
an end to the war, Eumenes and Ariarathes
professed to be ready to obey; but begged the
Romans to bring them, if possible, to an interview with Pharnaces, that they might see fully
from what was said in their own presence how faithless and cruel
a man Pharnaces was; and, if this proved to be impossible,
to take a fair and impartial view of the controversy and
decide it themselves. The legates replied that they would
do everything that was in their power and was consistent
with honour; but they required the kings to remove their
army from the country: for it was inconsistent that, when
they were there with proposals for a peace, operations of war
should be going on and mutual acts of hostility be committed.
Eumenes and his ally yielded to this representation, and immediately marched off in the direction of Galatia. The Roman
legates then visited Pharnaces, and first demanded that he
should meet Eumenes and Ariarathes in a conference, as that
would be the surest way of settling the affair; but when he
expressed repugnance to that measure, and absolutely refused
to do so, the Romans at once perceived that he plainly thought
himself in the wrong, and distrusted his own cause; but, being
anxious in any and every way to put an end to the war, they continued to press him until he consented to send plenipotentiaries
to the coast, to conclude a peace on such terms as the legates
When these plenipotentiaries,
the Roman legates, and Eumenes and Ariarathes met, the latter showed themselves ready
to consent to any proposal for the sake of concluding a peace.
But the envoys of Pharnaces disputed every point, and did
not hold even to what they had once accepted, but continually brought forward some fresh demand, and altered their
mind again and again. The Roman legates, therefore, quickly
came to the conclusion that they were wasting their labour, as
Pharnaces could not be induced to consent to the pacification.
The conference accordingly having come to nothing, and the
Roman legates having left Pergamum, and the envoys of
Pharnaces having gone home, the war went on,
Eumenes and his allies proceeding in their
preparations for it.
The Rhodians engaged in putting down a rising of the Lycians. See Bk. 22, ch. 5.
Meanwhile, however, the Rhodians earnestly requested Eumenes to help
them; and he accordingly set out in great haste
to carry on a war against the Lycians. . . .