For earlier documents relating to this long-running dispute, see RC_7 and Syll_599. The Roman senate now ruled in favour of the Prienians, overturning a decision made by Cn.Manlius in 188 B.C.; and a copy of their decree was displayed in Priene. The translation is adapted from A.Johnson, P.Coleman-Norton & F.Bourne, "Ancient Roman Statutes", no.41a.
Decree brought from the senate of the Romans by the envoys sent concerning the matters relating to the Samians.
The consul Servius Fulvius, son of Quintus, consulted the senate of the Comitium on the 9th day of February. Lucius Tremelius, son of Gnaeus, of the Camilian tribe, Gaius Annius, son of Gaius, of the Camilian tribe, and Lucius Annius, son of Lucius, of the Pollian tribe, assisted in drafting the decree.
Whereas the Samian envoys, Telemachos son of Matron and Leon son of Leon, honourable men and friends from an honourable people and our friend and ally, spoke in the presence of and against the Prienians concerning the territory and concerning the boundaries, that they should be just as Gnaeus Manlius and the ten commissioners arranged after the Antiochian war; and whereas . . . Zenodotos . . . the Prienian envoys, honourable men and friends from an honourable people and our friend and ally, spoke in the presence of and against the Samians, concerning the territory and concerning the boundaries, that, each party being willing, they should be just as the people of Rhodes decided.
The senators proposed to answer as follows in regard to the said matter. It is not easy for us to change what the people of Rhodes, each party being willing, has decided and has made a boundary, that they shall not abide by this decision and by these boundaries. And Servius Fulvius, the consul, shall order the quaestor to give to them a gift of friendship, 120 sesterces to each delegation, so as it appears to him in the public interest and in accordance with his own good faith.
The proposal was passed.
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