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The War in Coele-Syria It seems to me to be at once just and proper to B.C. 201. Valour of the people of Gaza. give the people of GazaPtolemy Philopator had made Gaza his chief depot of war material; see 5, 68. Antiochus destroyed it in B. C. 198 for its loyalty to the King of Egypt. the praise which they deserve. For though they do not differ as to bravery in war from the rest of the inhabitants of Coele-Syria, yet as parties to an international agreement, and in their fidelity to their promises, they far surpass them, and show altogether a courage in such matters that is irresistible. In the first place, when all the other people were terrified at the invasion of the Persians,Syria was conquered by the Assyrian king Tiglath-Pilezer about B.C. 747, and was afterwards a part of the Babylonian and Persian empires. It does not seem certain to what invasion Polybius is here referring. in view of the greatness of their power, and one and all submitted themselves and their countries to
Attalus in Sicyon King Attalus had for some time past been held in Attalus in Sicyon, B. C. 198. extraordinary honour by the Sicyonians, ever since the time that he ransomed the sacred land of Apollo for them at the cost of a large sum of money; in return for which they set up the colossal statue of him, ten cubits high, near the temple of Apollo in the market-place. But on this occasion, on his presenting them with ten talents and ten thousand medimni of wheat, their devotion to him was immensely increased; and they accordingly voted him a statue of gold, and passed a law to offer sacrifice in his honour every year. With these honours, then, Attalus departed to Cenchreae.Attalus spent the winter of B.C. 198-197 at Aegina, in the course of which he seems to have visited Sicyon. . . .