he granted peace, demanding hostages as a pledge. When they said that those whom the Romans had catpured were sufficient, Julian replied that he held them as a result of the fighting, not by agreement: now he was seeking their best men, lest they use deciet in respect of the peace-agreement. They agreed and begged him to name whom he wished. In reply he demanded the king's son, whom he held as a prisoner, pretending thtat he did not have him. Thereupon the barbarians and their king threw themselves on their faces and with plentiful groans and lamentations besought Julian not to enjoin wha tthey could not carry out; they were unable to raise up the fallen and deliver the dead as hostages. When silence was restored, the barbarian king declared at the top of his voice, "Would that my son were alive so that, as a hostages with you, Caesar, he might enjoy a bondage more blessed than my kingly power (!)....He alone you value as a fair pledge for peace....I shall keep him as a hosatge, not handed over by you under agreement, but taken in war....He will lack nothing of the best while he is with me, but you, if you attempt to break the treaty, shall suffer everything. I do not say that then I shall punish the hostage, whom I have not recieved from you as a pledge of peace, but hom I hold as proof of our bravery against you.....So Julain made peace, demading only the mother of Nebigastes.