Livy, History of Rome 26

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LIVY

LIBER XXVI

1. 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 consuluerunt. 2Q. Fulvio Ap. Claudio prioris anni consulibus prorogatum imperium est atque exercitus quos habebant decreti; adiectumque ne a Capua quam obsidebant abscederent priusquam expugnassent. 3ea tum cura maxime intentos habebat Romanos non ab ira tantum, quae in nullam unquam civitatem iustior fuit, 4quam quod urbs tam nobilis ac potens, sicut defectione sua traxerat aliquot populos, ita recepta inclinatura rursus animos videbatur ad veteris imperii respectum. 5et praetoribus prioris anni M. Iunio in Etruria, P. Sempronio in Gallia cum binis legionibus quas habuerant prorogatum est imperium.

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BOOK XXVI

BOOK XXVI

1. When the consuls Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus and Publius Sulpicius Galba began their terms of office on the Ides of March, they convened the senate on the Capitol1 and sought members’ opinions on matters of state, the management of the war, and the question of provinces and armies. Quintus Fulvius and Appius Claudius, the previous year’s consuls,2 had their imperium3 prorogued and were assigned the armies that they were already commanding, and they were further instructed not to raise their blockade of Capua until they had captured the city.4 That was the matter on which the Romans were then most focused, not so much from the anger they felt—though this was more justified than with any state in the past—as because it seemed likely that, since a city so famous and powerful had drawn several different peoples into defection with it, so recovering it would reestablish respect for the former regime. The previous year’s praetors, Marcus Junius and Publius Sempronius,5 also had their imperium prorogued, Junius in Etruria and Sempronius in Gaul, each retaining the two legions that they had been commanding.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_26.2020