Livy, History of Rome 25

LCL 355: 496-497

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proximas dilapsi. multa milia hominum caesa; capta <. . .>53 et octo elephanti. haec ultima in Sicilia Marcelli pugna fuit; victor inde Syracusas rediit.

8Iam ferme in exitu annus erat; itaque senatus Romae decrevit ut P. Cornelius praetor litteras Capuam ad consules mitteret, 9dum Hannibal procul abesset nec ulla magni discriminis res ad Capuam gereretur, alter eorum, si ita videretur, ad magistratus subrogandos Romam veniret. 10litteris acceptis inter se consules compararunt ut Claudius comitia perficeret, Fulvius ad Capuam maneret. 11consules Claudius creavit Cn. Fulvium Centumalum et P. Sulpicium Ser. filium Galbam, qui nullum antea curulem magistratum gessisset. 12praetores deinde creati <L. Cornelius Lentulus M.> Cornelius Cethegus C. Sulpicius <C. Calpurnius> Piso. 13Pisoni iurisdictio urbana, Sulpicio Sicilia, Cethego Apulia, Lentulo Sardinia evenit. consulibus prorogatum in annum imperium est.

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away in various directions to the nearest communities. Many thousands of men were killed and six thousand captured,148 and eight elephants. This was Marcellus’ final battle in Sicily; after it he returned triumphant to Syracuse.

The year was now almost at an end; and so the senate decreed in Rome that the praetor Publius Cornelius should write to the consuls in Capua for one of them (if they saw fit) to come to Rome to supervise the election of the next magistrates, while Hannibal was far off and nothing of great importance was happening at Capua. On receiving the dispatch, the consuls agreed between them that Claudius should conduct the elections and Fulvius remain at Capua. The consuls that Claudius saw elected were Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus and Publius Sulpicius Galba (son of Servius Galba), who had before this held no curule office. The praetors then elected were: Lucius Cornelius Lentulus, Marcus Cornelius Cethegus, Gaius Sulpicius and Gaius Calpurnius Piso. City jurisdiction was allotted to Piso, Sicily to Sulpicius, Apulia to Cethegus, and Sardinia to Lentulus. The consuls had their imperium prorogued for a year.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_25.2020