The Two Ptolemies
When Ariarathes, king of Cappadocia, had received his
Ariarathes's joy at the favourable answer from Rome.
ambassadors on their return from Rome, judging from the answers they brought that his
kingdom was secured, because he had gained
the goodwill of Rome, he offered a thank-offering to the gods
for what had happened, and entertained his nobles at a feast.
He then sent ambassadors to Lysias in Antioch, desiring to
be allowed to bring away the bones of his sister
He recovers the ashes of his mother and sister from Antioch.
He determined not to say a word
of blame as to the crime that had been committed, lest he should irritate Lysias, and so
fail to effect his present object, though he was in fact greatly
incensed at it. He gave his envoys therefore instructions
couched in terms of courteous request. Lysias and his friends
acceded to his wishes; and the bones having been conveyed
to Cappadocia, the king received them in great state, and
buried them next the tomb of his father with affectionate
reverence. . . .1
Artaxias wished to kill a man, but on the remonstrances of
The influence of good men, Artaxias of Armenia. See 25, 2.
Ariarathes did not do so, and held him on the
contrary in higher respect than ever. So decisive is the influence of justice, and of the
opinions and advice of good men, that they
often prove the salvation of foes as well as of
friends, and change their whole characters for the better. . . .
Good looks are a better introduction than any letter. . . .
The quarrels of the two kings of Egypt, Ptolemy VI.
Philometor and Euergetes II. (or Ptolemy VII.) Physcon. The
former had been expelled by the latter, and had taken refuge in
Cyprus, but had been restored by a popular outbreak in his
favour, and under the authority of Commissioners sent from
Rome, B. C. 164. (Livy, Ep. 46. Diod. Sic. fr. xi.) Fresh
quarrels however broke out, in the course of which Physcon was
much worsted by his brother, (Diod. Sic. fr. of 31), and at length it
was arranged that one should reign in Egypt the other in Cyrene.
B. C. 162. (Livy, Ep. 47.)