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Livy, History of Rome 26

LCL 367: 2-3

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Liber XXVI

a.u.c. 543I. Cn. Fulvius Centumalus P. Sulpicius Galba consules cum idibus Martiis magistratum inissent, senatu in Capitolium vocato, de re publica, de administratione belli, de provinciis exercitibusque patres 2consuluerunt. Q. Fulvio Ap. Claudio, prioris anni consulibus, prorogatum imperium est atque exercitus quos habebant decreti, adiectumque ne a Capua, quam obsidebant, abscederent prius quam expugnassent.1 3Ea tum cura maxime intentos habebat Romanos, non ab ira tantum, quae in nullam umquam civitatem iustior fuit, quam quod urbs tam nobilis 4ac potens, sicut defectione sua traxerat aliquot populos, ita recepta inclinatura rursus animos videbatur 5ad veteris imperii respectum. Et praetoribus prioris




I. Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus and Publius Sulpicius b.c. 211 Galba, the consuls, having entered upon office on the Ides of March, summoned the senate to the Capitol1 and consulted the fathers in regard to the state, the conduct of the war, and the provinces and armies. The military authority of Quintus Fulvius and Appius Claudius, consuls of the previous year, was continued, and the armies which they had were assigned to them, with orders in addition that they were not to withdraw from Capua, which they were besieging, until they had taken the city. That affair claimed the closest attention of the Romans at the time, not so much because of anger, which has never been more justified against any state, as because a city so important and powerful, which by its revolt had drawn with it a number of communities, in like manner, if recovered, might turn the scale to respect, so it seemed, for the old authority. And for the praetors of the previous year, Marcus

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_26.1943