a.u.c. 583I. Eadem aestate qua in Thessalia haec gesta sunt1 . . .,2 legatus in Illyricum a consule missus3 opulenta 2duo oppida oppugnavit. Ceremiam vi atque4 armis coegit in deditionem; omniaque iis sua concessit, ut opinione clementiae eos, qui Carnuntem, munitam 3urbem, incolebant, adliceret. Postquam nec ut dederent se compellere neque capere obsidendo poterat, ne duabus oppugnationibus nequiquam fatigatus miles esset, quam prius intactam urbem reliquerat diripuit.
4Alter consul C. Cassius nec in Gallia, quam sortitus erat, memorabile quicquam gessit et per Illyricum ducere legiones in Macedoniam vano incepto est 6conatus. Ingressum hoc iter consulem senatus ex
I. During the same summer in which this campaign b.c. 171was fought in Thessaly, the staff-officer. . .,1 sent by the consul into Illyricum, besieged two rich cities. Ceremia2 he compelled by force of arms to surrender; and he left to its inhabitants all their possessions, in order by his reputation for clemency3 to entice the dwellers in the walled city of Carnuns. After he had been unable either to induce them to surrender or to capture them by blockade, in order that his soldiery might not be worn out by two sieges and gain nothing, he plundered the city which he had previously left untouched.
Gaius Cassius the second consul failed to accomplish anything of note in Gaul,4 which had fallen to his lot, and made a vain attempt to lead his legions through Illyricum into Macedonia. The consul’s venture on this journey became known to the senate through an
- 1The name is lost; perhaps it was the ex-consul Gaius Claudius (cf. XLII. xlix. 9), since the other ex-consul, Mucius, was made a legatus (XLII. Ixvii. 9, cf. also lviii. 13).
- 2The name is uncertain, and is not mentioned elsewhere; the location of the town can only be conjectured.
- 3The usual practice was to plunder a city which had been stormed, and spare one which surrendered (XXXVII. xxxii. 12).
- 4The active sector of his province of Italy (XLII. xxxii. 4).