Aemilio Lepido hic aedilis curulis fuerat; a quo consule quintus annus erat, cum is ipse Lepidus post duas repulsas consul factus esset. 5praetores inde facti Q. Fulvius Flaccus, M. Valerius Laevinus, P. Manlius iterum, M. Ogulnius Gallus, L. Caecilius Denter, C. Terentius Histra.68
6Supplicatio extremo anno fuit prodigiorum causa, quod sanguine per biduum pluvisse in area Concordiae satis credebant, nuntiatumque erat haud procul Sicilia insulam, quae non ante fuerat, novam editam e mari esse. 7Hannibalem hoc anno Antias Valerius decessisse est auctor, legatis ad eam rem ad Prusiam missis praeter T. Quinctium Flamininum, cuius in ea re celebre est nomen, L. Scipione Asiatico P. Scipione Nasica.
four years since the consulship of Lepidus, even though he had himself become consul only after two defeats.227 The praetors elected following this were: Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, Marcus Valerius Laevinus, Publius Manlius (a second term), Marcus Ogulnius Gallus, Lucius Caecilius Denter, and Gaius Terentius Histra.
At the end of the year there was a supplication because of some prodigies, since there was widespread belief that there had been a two-day shower of blood228 in the precinct of the temple of Concord, and it had been reported that a new island, one that had not existed before, had risen from the sea not far from Sicily. Valerius Antias records Hannibal’s death in this year after delegates were sent to Prusias to bring it about. These were—apart from Titus Quinctius Flamininus, whose name is well known in the episode—Lucius Scipio Asiaticus229 and Publius Scipio Nasica.
- 227Livy is expressing surprise at the time lag between the aedileship of Aemilius Paullus (with Lepidus in 193), who would go on to great success as the conqueror of Perseus in 179, and his consulship some ten years later in 182.
- 228A common prodigy: cf. 34.45.6 and 46.5, above, and notes. On supplication: 38.36.4 note.
- 229In fact, Asiagenes: cf. 44.1, above, and note.