CONFEDERATIONS. 185 i the non-Achaean states, was very inconvenient, and that the presence of the members at various places was regarded as tending to combine the parts together and to lessen any jealousy that might be felt towards the original Achaean founders. The assemblies were dissolved at the end of the third day's session. The subjects which came before them were all those for which the league was founded, " peace, war, treaties with foreign states, legislative ordinances, elections of federal offi- cers, courts in relation to offences against the union.*' Whether also controversies between states belonging to the league were brought before the assemblies, or a special court was organized for this purpose, we are unable to decide.* 3. There was a standing senate which seems always to have been in session when the general ''assemblies Senate. 11111 were held, and to have met from time to time as their business required. On matters of less importance they could decide of themselves ; things of greater moment were required to be brought before the assemblies. Of how many the senate consisted we are not informed. That they received pay for their services, like the senators at Athens and elsewhere, is not improbable in itself, but it is by no means established by Schomann's citation ; in fact, Mr. Freeman, from the same place of Polybius, argues just the contrary. (Polyb., xxiii., 7.) In that passage ambassadors of Eumenes are spoken of as offering on his part " one hundred and twenty talents to be put on interest by the league for the purpose of paying the senators on account of the public meetings." This might be to relieve the states from the burden of contributing to their support, or it might be a new plan altogether. When it was made known to the assembly (rot? TroXXofc) a person .from Sicyon arose and said that, " while the gift was worthy of him who offered it, it was, when viewed in regard to the design of the offerer, base and lawless. For whereas the laws forbade any one, private person or magistrate, to take gifts * Schom. u. s. u. no.