a.u.c.451–4527M. Livio Dentre1 M. Aemilio2 consulibus redintegratum Aequicum bellum. Coloniam aegre patientes velut arcem suis finibus impositam summa vi expugnare adorti ab ipsis colonis pelluntur. 8Ceterum tantum Romae terrorem fecere, quia vix credibile erat tam adfectis rebus solos per se Aequos ad bellum coortos, ut tumultus eius causa dictator 9diceretur C. Iunius Bubulcus. Cum M. Titinio magistro equitum profectus primo congressu Aequos subegit, ac die octavo triumphans in urbem cum redisset, aedem Salutis, quam consul voverat censor locaverat, dictator dedicavit.
a.u.c. 452II. Eodem anno classis Graecorum Cleonymo duce Lacedaemonio ad Italiae litora adpulsa Thurias3 2urbem in Sallentinis cepit. Adversus hunc hostem consul Aemilius missus proelio uno fugatum compulit in naves. Thuriae redditae veteri cultori, 3Sallentinoque agro pax parta. Iunium Bubulcum dictatorem missum in Sallentinos in quibusdam annalibus invenio et Cleonymum, priusquam confligendum esset cum Romanis, Italia excessisse.
4Circumvectus inde Brundisii promunturium medioque sinu Hadriatico ventis latus, cum laeva importuosa Italiae litora, dextra Illyrii Liburnique et Histri, gentes ferae et magna ex parte latrociniis
- 1Dentre ϛ: dentrice (or -cae) Ω: dentice (PFU (not in O)
- 2M. Aemilio Sigon. (Diod. xx. cvi. 1, CIL i2, p. 132): ā U: c (or t) A2 ϛ: omitted by Ω.
- 3Thurias ϛ: turias D3: thurios (trurios T, turios A) Ω: durior D? L.
When Marcus Livius Denter and Marcus Aemilius b.c. 306–302 were consuls, the Aequi resumed hostilities. Indignant that a colony had been established, like a citadel, within their borders, they attacked it with great fury. They were beaten off by the colonists themselves, but occasioned such dismay at Rome—since it was scarce to be believed that the Aequi when in so weakened a condition should have begun a war relying solely on their own resources—that a dictator was appointed to cope with the outbreak, in the person of Gaius Junius Bubulcus. Setting out with Marcus Titinius, his master of the horse, he reduced the Aequi to submission at the first encounter, and having returned in triumph to the City eight days later, dedicated as dictator the temple of Safety which he had vowed as consul and for which as censor he had let the contract.
II. During the same year a Greek fleet commanded b.c. 302 by Cleonymus the Lacedaemonian put in to the shores of Italy and seized the city of Thuriae in the country of the Sallentini.1 The consul Aemilius was dispatched against this enemy, whom he routed in a single engagement and drove to his ships. Thuriae was restored to its old inhabitants, and peace was established in the Sallentine territory. I find in some annals that Junius Bubulcus the dictator was sent among the Sallentini, and that Cleonymus withdrew from Italy before it became necessary to fight the Romans.
Rounding then the promontory of Brundisium, he was swept on by the winds in the mid gulf of the Adriatic, and dreading the harbourless coasts of Italy on his left and on his right the Illyrians, Liburnians, and Histrians,—savage tribes and
- 1If Thuriae is what Livy wrote, it must have been an otherwise unknown city in the heel of Italy, where the Sallentini lived.