a.u.c 287rem expedisset: T. Quincti1 ductu et auspicio agri 5captum2 priore anno aliquantum a Volscis esse; Antium, opportunam3 et maritimam urbem, coloniam deduci posse; ita sine querellis possessorum plebem in agros ituram, civitatem in concordia fore. Haec sententia accepta est. Triumviros agro dando creat 6, 7T. Quinctium A. Verginium P. Furium. Iussi nomina dare qui agrum accipere vellent. Fecit statim, ut fit, fastidium copia, adeoque pauci nomina dedere ut ad explendum numerum coloni Volsci adderentur; cetera multitudo poscere Romae agrum malle quam 8alibi accipere. Aequi a Q. Fabio—is eo cum exercitu venerat—pacem petiere, inritamque eam ipsi subita incursione in agrum Latinum fecere.
a.u.c 288–289II. Q. Servilius4 insequenti anno—is enim cum Sp. Postumio consul fuit—in Aequos missus in Latino agro stativa habuit.5 Quies necessaria morbo implicitum 2exercitum tenuit. Extractum in tertium annum bellum est Q. Fabio et T. Quinctio consulibus. Fabio extra ordinem, quia is victor pacem 3Aequis dederat, ea provincia data. Qui haud dubia spe profectus famam nominis sui pacaturam Aequos, legatos in concilium gentis missos nuntiare iussit Q. Fabium consulem dicere se ex Aequis pacem
- 1T. Quincti Rϛ: L. Quincti (or Quinti) Ω.
- 2captum Cobet: capti Ω.
- 3opportunam Madvig: propinquam opportunam Ω.
- 4Q. Servilius ϛ: Quintius (or Quinctius) Seruilius Ω.
- 5stativa habuit POH ϛ: statiua habuit castra MURDL ϛ: statiua abiit; castra F.
matter right. Under the leadership and auspices of b.c. 467Titus Quinctius, as he pointed out, a considerable territory had been conquered the year before from the Volsci; Antium, a well-situated maritime city, could be made the seat of a colony; in this way the plebs would obtain farms without causing the landholders to complain, and the state would be at harmony. This suggestion was adopted. As commissioners for distributing the land Fabius appointed Titus Quinctius, Aulus Verginius, and Publius Furius, and it was ordered that those who wished to receive grants should give in their names. There at once appeared the fastidiousness which usually attends abundance, and so few persons enrolled that Volscian colonists were added to fill out the number; the rest of the populace preferred demanding land at Rome to receiving it elsewhere. The Aequi begged Quintus Fabius, who had invaded their country, to grant them peace; and broke it themselves by a sudden raid on Latin territory.
II. Quintus Servilius, being sent against the Aequi b.c. 466–465in the following year—when he and Spurius Postumius were consuls—made a permanent camp in the Latin country, where the army was attacked by a pestilence which deprived it of the power to act. The war dragged on into its third year, the consulship of Quintus Fabius and Titus Quinctius. To Fabius was given the command against the Aequi, without the customary drawing of lots, since he had been victorious over them and had granted them peace. Setting out in the full expectation that the glory of his name would bring the enemy to terms, he sent envoys to their national council and bade them announce that Quintus Fabius the consul said that