deiecti sunt. 4et Ap. Claudius felicitatem virtutemque collegae in Liguribus Ingaunis aequavit secundis aliquot proeliis: sex praeterea oppida eorum expugnavit; multa milia hominum in iis cepit; belli auctores tres et quadraginta securi percussit.
5Iam comitiorum appetebat tempus. prior tamen Claudius quam Sempronius, cui sors comitia habendi obtigerat, Romam venit, quia P. Claudius frater eius consulatum petebat. 6competitores habebat patricios L. Aemilium Q. Fabium Ser. Sulpicium Galbam, veteres candidatos, et ab repulsis eo magis debitum, quia primo negatus erat, honorem repetentes. 7etiam quia plus quam unum ex patriciis creari non licebat, artior petitio quattuor petentibus erat. 8plebeii quoque gratiosi homines petebant, L. Porcius Q. Terentius Culleo Cn. Baebius Tamphilus, et hi repulsi35 in spem impetrandi tandem aliquando honoris dilati. 9Claudius ex omnibus unus novus candidatus erat. opinione hominum haud dubie destinabantur Q. Fabius Labeo et L. Porcius Licinus. 10sed Claudius consul sine lictoribus cum fratre toto foro volitando, clamitantibus adversariis et maiore parte 11senatus meminisse eum debere se prius consulem
gauni,121 Appius Claudius equaled the attainments and courage of his colleague in a number of successful engagements. In addition, he stormed six towns of the Ingauni. He took many thousands of prisoners in them; and he beheaded forty three who had been responsible for the war.
The time for the elections was now at hand. Because his brother Publius Claudius122 was standing for the consulship, Claudius reached Rome before Sempronius, to whom sortition had assigned supervision of the elections. Publius had as his rivals among the patricians Lucius Aemilius, Quintus Fabius and Servius Sulpicius Galba,123 seasoned candidates who, after earlier defeats, were now seeking an office they felt to be all the more rightfully theirs for having been initially refused them. The race between the four candidates was made even closer because election of more than one patrician was not permitted.124 There were influential plebeian candidates, as well: Lucius Porcius, Quintus Terentius Culleo and Gnaeus Baebius Tamphilus.125 After earlier defeats these, too, were now hoping to gain at last an office that had been long in coming to them. The one new candidate among all of them was Claudius. The general belief was that the men indubitably destined for office were Quintus Fabius Labeo and Lucius Porcius Licinus. But the consul Claudius was dashing around the whole Forum with his brother and without his lictors, despite protests from opponents and most of the senate, who told him that he should remember that he was first and foremost a consul of the Roman people
- 121They lived close to what today is the French border (Barr. 16 F1) and had helped Hannibal during his invasion of Italy.
- 122P. Claudius Pulcher (305), praetor 187.
- 123L. Aemilius Paullus (114), praetor 191; Q. Fabius Labeo (91), praetor 189; Ser. Sulpicius Galba (57), praetor 187.
- 124By the Sextian-Licinian legislation of 367 (cf. 6.35.3–5).
- 125L. Porcius Licinus (23), praetor 193; Q. Terentius Culleo (53), praetor 187; Cn. Baebius Tamphilus (41), praetor 199.