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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Book XXXVIII Chapter 10: Elections[207 BC]
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The time was approaching for the elections and it was decided that they should be conducted by a Dictator. Gaius Claudius Nero named his colleague Marcus Livius as Dictator, and he nominated Quintus Caecilius as his Master of the Horse. Lucius Veturius and Quintus Caecilius were both elected consuls. Then came the election of praetors; those appointed were Gaius Servilius, Marcus Caecilius Metellus, Tiberius Claudius Asellus and Quintus Mamilius Turrinus, who was a plebeian aedile at the time. When the elections were over, the Dictator laid down his office and after disbanding his army went on a mission to Etruria. He had been commissioned by the senate to hold an enquiry as to which cantons in Etruria had entertained the design of deserting to Hasdrubal as soon as he appeared, and also which of them had assisted him with supplies, or men, or in any other way. Such were the events of the year at home and abroad. The Roman Games were celebrated in full on three successive days by the curule aediles, Gnaeus Servilius Caepio and Servilius Cornelius Lentulus; similarly the Plebeian Games were celebrated by the plebeian aediles, Marcus Pomponius Matho and Quintus Mamilius Turrinus. It was now the thirteenth year of the Punic War. Both the consuls, Lucius Veturius Philo and Quintus Caecilius Metellus had the same province assigned to them, that they might jointly carry on operations against Hannibal. The praetors balloted for their provinces.Marcus Caecilius Metellus obtained the City jurisdiction; Quintus Mamilius, that over aliens. Sicily fell to Gaius Servilius, and Sardinia to Tiberius Claudius. The armies were distributed as follows: One of the consuls took over Nero's army; the other, that which Quintus Claudius had commanded; each consisted of two legions. Marcus Livius, who was acting as proconsul for the year, took over from Gaius Terentius the two legions of volunteer slaves in Etruria. It was also decreed that Quintus Mamilius, to whom the jurisdiction over aliens had been allotted, should transfer his judicial business to his colleague, and hold Gaul with the army which Lucius Porcius had commanded as propraetor; he was also instructed to ravage the fields of those Gauls who had gone over to the Carthaginians on the arrival of Hasdrubal. Gaius Servilius was to protect Sicily, as Gaius Mamilius had done, with the two legions of the survivors of Cannae. The old army in Sardinia, under Aulus Hostilius, was recalled, and the consuls enrolled a new legion which Tiberius Claudius was to take with him to the island. A year's extension of command was granted to Quintus Claudius, that he might remain in charge at Tarentum, and to Gaius Hostilius Tubero, that he might continue to act at Capua. Marcus Valerius, who had been charged with the defence of the Sicilian sea-board, was ordered to hand over thirty ships to the praetor Gaius Servilius, and return to Rome with the rest of his fleet.