Dissensions In Crete and Rhodes
The factions in Rhodes kept continually becoming
The Rhodians determine to send a mission to Rome, B.C. 170.
more and more violent. For when the decree
of the Senate, directing that they should no
longer conform to the demands of the military
magistrates but only to those contained in the
Senate's decrees, was communicated to them, and the people at
large expressed satisfaction at the care of the Senate for their interests; Philophron and Theaetetus seized the occasion to carry
out their policy further, declaring that they ought to send envoys
to the Senate, and to Q. Marcius Philippus the Consul, and
Gaius Marcius Figulus, the commander of the fleet. For it
was by that time known to everybody which of the magistrates
designate in Rome were to come to Greece.
was loudly applauded, though some dissent was
expressed: and at the beginning of the summer
Agesilochus, son of Hegesias, and Nicagoras, son of Nicander,
were sent to Rome; Agepolis, Ariston, and Pancrates to the
Consul and commander of the fleet, with instructions to renew
the friendship of the Cretans with Rome, and to make their
defence against the accusations that were being uttered against
their state; while Agesilochus and his colleagues were at the
same time to make a proposal about a license to export corn
from the Roman dominions. The speech made by these
envoys to the Senate, and the reply made by the Senate, and
the successful termination of their mission, I
have already mentioned in the section devoted
to Italian affairs.
But it is useful to repeat such points, as I
am careful to do, because I am obliged frequently to record
the actual negotiations of ambassadors before mentioning the
circumstances attending their appointment and despatch.
For since I am recording under each year the contemporary
events in several countries, and endeavouring to take a summary review of them all together at the end, this must of necessity form a feature in my history.