6Prorogatum et M. Marcello ut pro consule in Sicilia reliqua belli perficeret eo exercitu quem haberet: 7si supplemento opus esset, suppleret de legionibus quibus P. Cornelius pro praetore in Sicilia praeesset, 8dum ne quem militem legeret ex eo numero quibus senatus missionem reditumque in patriam negasset ante belli finem. 9C. Sulpicio, cui Sicilia evenerat, duae legiones quas P. Cornelius habuisset decretae et supplementum de exercitu Cn. Fulvi, qui priore anno in Apulia foede caesus fugatusque erat. 10huic generi militum senatus eundem quem Cannensibus finem statuerat militiae. additum etiam utrorumque ignominiae est ne in oppidis hibernarent, neve hiberna propius ullam urbem decem milibus passuum aedificarent. 11L. Cornelio in Sardinia duae legiones datae quibus Q. Mucius praefuerat; supplementum si opus esset consules scribere iussi. 12T. Otacilio et M. Valerio Siciliae Graeciaeque orae cum legionibus classibusque quibus praeerant decretae; quinquaginta Graecia cum legione una, centum Sicilia cum duabus legionibus habebant1 naves. 13tribus et viginti legionibus Romanis eo anno bellum terra marique est gestum.
Marcus Marcellus’ imperium was likewise prorogued to enable him to terminate as proconsul what remained of the war in Sicily with the army under his command;6 if he needed it supplemented he was to supplement it from the legions that Publius Cornelius commanded as propraetor in Sicily,7 but without taking any soldier from those whom the senate had denied discharge or repatriation before the war ended. Gaius Sulpicius,8 who had been allotted Sicily, was assigned the two legions that Publius Cornelius had commanded and a supplementary force from the army of Gnaeus Fulvius that had been shamefully cut to pieces
and routed in Apulia the previous year.9 For this class of soldier the senate had stipulated the same term of service as for those from Cannae.10 Another mark of censure for the two groups was that they were not to winter in towns or build winter quarters within ten miles of any city. In Sardinia, Lucius Cornelius was assigned the two legions that Quintus Mucius had commanded11 and the consuls were ordered to raise reinforcements, if necessary. The coastlines of Sicily and Greece were assigned to Titus Otacilius and Marcus Valerius12 together with the legions and fleets already under their command. (Greece had fifty ships with one legion, Sicily a hundred ships with two legions.) Land and sea operations were that year conducted with twenty-three Roman legions.
- 6M. Claudius Marcellus (consul 222, 215, 214, 210, and 208) had been proconsul in Sicily since 213.
- 7P. Cornelius Lentulus, praetor in Sicily in 214, prorogued as propraetor in 213 and 212.
- 8Praetor in Sicily for 211.
- 9Cn. Fulvius Flaccus, praetor in 212, had suffered a defeat at Herdonea in Apulia (Barr. 45 C2) that was attributed to incompetence by Livy (25.20.6–21.10); cf. 2.7 below for his impeachment. Some have considered this a doublet of the defeat suffered at Herdonea in 210 by Cn. Fulvius Centimalus (27.3–15).
- 10That is, until the enemy was driven from Italy (24.18.9; 25.7.4).
- 11L. Cornelius Lentulus, praetor this year; Q. Mucius Scaevola, praetor in 215, with his imperium in Sardinia annually prorogued until this year.
- 12T. Otacilius, fleet commander in Sicily since his first praetorship in 217. M. Valerius Laevinus, praetor in 217, had, apart from his naval command, also been a legionary commander since 213 (24.44.5).