1. Consules praetoresque cum idibus Martiis magistratum inissent provincias sortiti sunt. 2L. Lentulo Italia, P. Villio Macedonia, praetoribus L. Quinctio urbana, Cn. Baebio Ariminum, L. Valerio Sicilia, L. Villio Sardinia evenit. 3Lentulus consul novas legiones scribere iussus, Villius a P. Sulpicio exercitum accipere: in supplementum eius quantum militum videretur ut scriberet ipsi permissum. 4praetori Baebio legiones quas C. Aurelius consul habuisset ita decretae ut retineret eas donec consul novo cum exercitu succederet; 5in Galliam ubi is venisset, omnes milites exauctorati domum dimitterentur praeter quinque milia socium: iis obtineri circa Ariminum provinciam satis esse. 6prorogata imperia1 praetoribus prioris anni, C. Sergio ut militibus qui in Hispania Sicilia Sardinia stipendia per
1. When they entered office on the Ides of March,1 the consuls and praetors drew lots for their respective provinces. Italy fell to Lucius Lentulus,2 and Macedonia to Publius Villius, while among the praetors the city prefecture came to Lucius Quinctius, Ariminum to Gnaeus Baebius,3 Sicily to Lucius Valerius, and Sardinia to Lucius Villius. The consul Lentulus was instructed to enroll fresh legions, and Villius was to take over from Publius Sulpicius command of his army, with permission granted for him to supplement it by enlisting as many men as he thought fit. The legions that the consul Gaius Aurelius had commanded were allocated to the praetor Baebius on the condition that he kept them only until the consul with his new army replaced him. On the consul’s arrival in Gaul, all soldiers who had completed their service were to be sent home apart from 5,000 allies—this was a large enough force for securing the province around Ariminum. Gaius Sergius and Quintus Minucius, praetors the previous year, had their terms of office prorogued, Sergius to supervise the distribution of land to soldiers who had served many years in Spain, Sicily, and Sardinia, and Quintus Minucius
- 1On the date of entry into office, see 31.5.2 note.
- 2In fact, as can be seen below, Lentulus was to be assigned Gaul, sometimes mentioned specifically as a province and sometimes, as here, as part of the province of Italy.
- 3Cn. Baebius Tamphilus (41), praetor for 199 and consul in 182, when he had success in the war with the Ligurians. As Lentulus has Gaul/Italy, Baebius’ sphere is restricted to the area around Ariminum (mod. Rimini).