1. Principio insequentis anni consules praetoresque sortiti provincias sunt. consulibus nulla praeter Ligures quae decerneretur erat. iurisdictio urbana M. Ogulnio Gallo, inter peregrinos M. Valerio evenit; 2Hispaniarum Q. Fulvio Flacco citerior P. Manlio ulterior, L. Caecilio Dentri Sicilia, C. Terentio Histrae Sardinia.
Dilectus habere consules iussi. 3Q. Fabius ex Liguribus scripserat Apuanos ad rebellionem spectare, periculumque esse ne impetum in agrum Pisanum facerent. 4et ex Hispaniis citeriorem in armis esse et cum Celtiberis bellari sciebant; in ulteriore, quia diu aeger esset praetor, luxuria et otio solutam disciplinam militarem esse. 5ob ea novos exercitus conscribi placuit, quattuor legiones in Ligures, uti singulae quina milia et ducenos pedites trecenos haberent equites, sociorum iisdem Latini nominis quindecim milia peditum addita et octingenti equites; hi duo consulares exercitus essent. 6scribere praeterea iussi
1. At the beginning of the following year the consuls and praetors proceeded to sortition for their provinces. Nothing other than the Ligurians was to be assigned to the consuls.1 The urban jurisdiction fell to Marcus Ogulnius Gallus, that of citizens and foreigners to Marcus Valerius. Of the Spains, Hither went to Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, and Farther to Publius Manlius, while Sicily went to Lucius Caecilius Denter and Sardinia to Gaius Terentius Histra.
The consuls were instructed to raise troops. Writing from Liguria, Quintus Fabius had reported that the Apuani had insurrection in mind and there was a risk of their launching an attack on Pisan territory.2 The senators were also aware that of the Spanish provinces Hither Spain was up in arms and a war was being conducted against the Celtiberians; in Farther Spain, because of the praetor’s chronic illness,3 military discipline had become slack from license and inactivity. For these reasons the decision was taken that fresh armies be enrolled: four legions to face the Ligurians, each comprising 5,200 infantry and 300 cavalry, with a supplementary force of 15,000 infantry and 800 cavalry from the allies and those holding Latin rights.4 These would constitute the two consular armies. The consuls were also instructed to enlist 7,000
- 1Which is to say that the new consuls, Baebius Tamphilus (44) and Aemilius Paullus (95), would have the same provinces as each pair of consuls since 187.
- 2Q. Fabius Labeo (91), consul for 183, by whom “no action worthy of note was taken” (39.56.3) in the province. The Apuani (Barr. 41 B1) were last mentioned at 39.32.2.
- 3This was P. Sempronius Longus (65); cf. 39.56.2.
- 4On “allies . . . Latin rights,” cf. 38.35.9 note.