Livy, History of Rome 39

LCL 313: 382-383

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M. Aemilius cos. Liguribus subactis viam Placentia usque Ariminum productam Flaminiae iunxit. initia luxuriae in urbem introducta ab exercitu Asiatico referuntur. Ligures quicumque citra Appenninum erant, subacti sunt. Bacchanalia, sacrum Graecum et nocturnum, omnium scelerum seminarium, cum ad ingentis turbae coniurationem pervenisset, investigatum et multorum poena sublatum est.

A censoribus L. Valerio Flacco et M. Porcio Catone, et belli et pacis artibus maximo, motus est senatu L. Quinctius Flamininus, T. frater, eo quod cum Galliam provinciam consul obtineret, rogatus in convivio a Poeno Philippo, quem amabat, scorto nobili, Gallum quendam sua manu occiderat sive, ut quidam tradiderunt, unum ex damnatis securi percusserat rogatus a meretrice Placentina, cuius amore deperibat. exstat oratio M. Catonis in eum.

Scipio Literni decessit et, tamquam iungente fortuna circa idem tempus duo funera maximorum virorum, Hannibal




After subduing the Ligurians, the consul Marcus Aemilius extended the road from Placentia to Ariminum and linked it up with the Flaminian Way. There is an account of the first stages of extravagant living imported by the army in Asia. The Ligurians this side of the Apennines were all subdued. The Bacchanalia, a Greek cult celebrated at night, and the nursery for all manner of criminal activity, had developed into a conspiracy involving huge numbers; and so an investigation was launched and the rite suppressed, with many being punished.

Lucius Quinctius Falamininus, brother of Titus, was removed from the senate by the censors Lucius Valerius Flaccus and Marcus Porcius Cato, a man of great accomplishment in the arts of both war and peace. The grounds for this were that when he was, as consul, governor of the province of Gaul, he had with his own hands killed a Gaul in response to a request at a banquet from Philip, a notorious male prostitute from Carthage whom he loved; or else, as some have recorded, it was because he had beheaded one of his condemned prisoners at the request of a whore from Placentia with whom he was desperately in love. The speech against him made by Marcus Cato is still extant.

Scipio passed away at Liternum and, as if fortune were bringing together at that time the two funerals of great

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_39.2018