Livy, History of Rome 5

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Liber V

a.u.c. 351I. Pace alibi parta Romani Veiique in armis erant tanta ira odioque, ut victis finem adesse appareret. Comitia utriusque populi longe diversa ratione facta 2sunt. Romani auxere tribunorum militum consulari potestate numerum; octo, quot nunquam antea, creati, M.’1 Aemilius Mamercus iterum L. Valerius Potitus tertium Ap. Claudius Crassus M. Quinctilius Varus L. Iulius Iulus2 M. Postumius M. Furius Camillus 3M. Postumius Albinus. Veientes contra taedio annuae ambitionis, quae interdum discordiarum causa erat, regem creavere. Offendit ea res populorum Etruriae animos, non maiore odio regni quam ipsius 4regis. Gravis iam is antea genti fuerat opibus superbiaque, quia sollemnia ludorum, quos intermitti nefas

  • 1M.’ Sigonius (cf. IV. lxi. 1): m̄ (or m) Ω.
  • 2L. Iulius Iulus ϛ (C.I.L. i2, p. 116): m̄. iulius rullus Ω: m̄. iulius tullus a: m iulius publius L: m̄ uilius publius D.

Book V

Book V

I. Peace was now established elsewhere, but b.c. 403Romans and Veientes were at war, and their rage and animosity were such that the end was clearly at hand for those that should be vanquished. Each people held an election very different from that of the other. The Romans enlarged the number of their military tribunes with consular authority, and elected eight,1 a greater number than ever before, to wit, Manius Aemilius Mamercus (for the second time), Lucius Valerius Potitus (for the third), Appius Claudius Crassus, Marcus Quinctilius Varus, Lucius Julius lulus, Marcus Postumius, Marcus Furius Camillus, Marcus Postumius Albinus. But the Veientes, weary of annual canvassing, which was sometimes the cause of brawls, chose a king. This gave offence to the feelings of the Etruscan peoples, who loathed not more the institution of kings than the King himself. He had for some time been hateful to the nation by reason of his wealth and arrogance, since he had violently broken up a solemn

  • 1Livy seems to have erred through including the names of the censors, Camillus and Albinus, in his list of tribunes, of whom there were at this time bat six. See chap. x. § 1 and chap. xiv. § 5 and notes there.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_5.1924