a.u.c. 551I. Cn. Servilius et C. Servilius consules—sextus decimus is annus belli Punici erat—cum de re publica belloque et provinciis ad senatum rettulissent, 2censuerunt patres ut consules inter se compararent sortirenturve uter Bruttios adversus Hannibalem, uter 3Etruriam ac Ligures provinciam haberet; cui Bruttii evenissent exercitum a P. Sempronio acciperet; P. Sempronius—ei quoque enim pro consule1 imperium in annum prorogabatur—P. Licinio succederet. 4Is Romam reverteretur, bello quoque bonus habitus ad cetera, quibus nemo ea tempestate instructior civis habebatur, congestis omnibus 5humanis ab natura fortunaque bonis. Nobilis idem ac dives erat; forma viribusque corporis excellebat; facundissimus habebatur seu causa oranda, seu in senatu et apud2 populum suadendi ac dissuadendi
I. Gnaeus Servilius and Gaius Servilius,1 the b.c. 203consuls, whose year was the sixteenth of the Punic war, having laid before the senate the condition of the state and the war and the assignments, the senators voted that the consuls should arrange between them, or determine by lot, which of them should have as his assignment the land of the Bruttii, confronting Hannibal, and which of them Etruria and Liguria;2 that the consul to whom the Bruttii should fall was to take over an army from Publius Sempronius; that Publius Sempronius—for he also had his command prolonged for one year as proconsul—should succeed Publius Licinius;3 that the latter should return to Rome. In war also Licinius was now highly rated, in addition to the other fields in which no citizen was at that time considered more fully equipped, since all the advantages possible to man had been heaped upon him by nature and fortune. Of noble birth he was at the same time wealthy. Conspicuous for a handsome figure and physical strength, he was considered a very eloquent speaker, whether a legal case was to be conducted, or when there was occasion in the senate and before the people
- 1Omission of cognomina at the beginning of a new book would be striking if their full names had not just been given in XXIX. xxxviii. 3; cf. below, § 8 (cognomina only).
- 2This addition to Etruria as one consul’s province (and for the first time) was in view of Mago’s activity on the Ligurian coast; cf. § 10; XXIX. v.
- 3The first Crassus to be called Dives; Dio Cass. frag. 57. 52. Before his consulship in 205 b.c. he had been censor in 210; XXVII. vi. 17.