War Against Attalus Prevented
BEFORE spring this year the Senate, after hearing the report
B. C. 155. The Roman legate Publius Lentulus, and Athenaeus, brother of Attalus, reach Rome and declare the truth.
of Publius Lentulus and his colleagues, who had
just reached Rome from Asia, in the business
of king Prusias, called in Athenaeus also,
brother of king Attalus. The matter, however,
did not need many words: the Senate promptly
appointed Gaius Claudius Cento, Lucius Hortensius, and Gaius Arunculeius, to accompany Athenaeus
home, with instructions to prevent Prusias from waging war
Also Xeno of Aegium and Telecles of Tegea arrived as
Another embassy in behalf of the Achaean detenus.
ambassadors from the Achaeans in behalf of the
Achaean detenus. After the delivery of their
speech, on the question being put to the vote,
the Senators only refused the release of the accused persons
by a very narrow majority.
It fails by the action of the praetor, who, by putting the question simply "yes" or "no" for release, forced the party who were for postponing it to vote "no."
The man who
really prevented the release from being carried
was Aulus Postumius, who was praetor, and as
such presided in the Senate on that occasion.
Three alternatives were proposed—one for
an absolute release, another for an absolute
refusal, and a third for a postponement of the
release for the present. The largest numbers
were for the first of these three; but Postumius left out the
third, and put the two first to the vote together, release or no
release; the result was that those who were originally for the
postponement transferred their votes to the party that were
against the release, and thus gave a majority against release. . . .