Livy, History of Rome 40

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Ligurum ab A. Postumio vineae caesae frumentaque deusta, donec cladibus omnibus belli coacti in deditionem venerunt armaque tradiderunt. 6navibus inde Postumius ad visendam oram Ingaunorum Intemeliorumque Ligurum processit.

7Priusquam hi consules venirent ad exercitum, qui Pisas indictus erat, praeerat A. Postumius. frater Q. Fulvi M. Fulvius Nobilior—8secundae legionis tribunus51 militum is erat—mensibus suis dimisit legionem, iureiurando adactis centurionibus aes in aerarium ad quaestores esse delaturos. 9hoc ubi Placentiam—nam eo forte erat profectus—Aulo nuntiatum est, cum equitibus expeditis secutus dimissos, quos eorum potuit adsequi reduxit castigatos Pisas; de ceteris consulem certiorem fecit. 10eo referente senatus consultum factum est ut M. Fulvius in Hispaniam relegaretur ultra novam Carthaginem; litteraeque ei datae sunt a consule ad P. Manlium in Hispaniam ulteriorem deferendae; 11milites iussi ad signa redire; ignominiae causa uti semestre stipendium in eum annum esset ei legioni decretum; qui miles ad exercitum non redisset, eum ipsum bonaque eius vendere consul iussus.

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mountain Ligurians were cut down and their grain burned by Aulus Postumius until, forced by all the military defeats they had suffered, they capitulated and surrendered their arms. Postumius then advanced by ship to reconnoiter the coastline of the Ligurian Ingauni and Intemelii.136

Before these consuls reached the army that had been instructed to assemble at Pisae, it was under the command of Aulus Postumius. The brother of Quintus Fulvius, Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, who was a military tribune of the second legion, disbanded the legion during his months of command,137 making the centurions swear an oath to convey the moneys involved to the quaestors for deposit in the treasury.138 When news of this was brought to Aulus at Placentia—to which, by chance, he had proceeded—he set off in pursuit of the demobilized soldiers with some light horse, and those whom he was able to overtake he reprimanded and took back to Pisae; and he informed the consul about the others. On the consul’s motion, a senatorial decree was passed that Marcus Fulvius be exiled to Spain, to a point beyond New Carthage,139 and he was also given a letter by the consul to take to Publius Manlius in Farther Spain. The soldiers were directed to return to service. It was decreed that the legion, as a mark of disgrace, should be given only six month’s pay for that year; and in the case of any soldier failing to return to the army, the consul was ordered to sell the man himself and his possessions.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_40.2018