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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Content of Book XIX[ 250 - 242 BC]
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Contents of Book XVIII. 250 - 242 BC

[250 BC.]

Lucius Caecilius Metellus, having been successful in several engagements with the Carthaginians, triumphs with more splendour than had ever yet been seen; thirteen generals of the enemy, and one hundred and twenty elephants, being exhibited in the procession.

[249 BC.]

Claudius Pulcher, consul, obstinately persisting, notwithstanding the omens were inauspicious, engages the enemy's fleet, and is beaten; drowns the sacred chickens which would not feed: recalled by the senate, and ordered to nominate a dictator; he appoints Claudius Glicia, one of the lowest of the people, who, notwithstanding his being ordered to abdicate the office, yet attends the celebration of the public games in his dictator's robe.

[248 BC.]

Atilius Calatinus,the first dictator who marches with an army out of Italy. An exchange of prisoners with the Carthaginians. Two colonies established at Fregenae and Brundisium in the Sallentine territories.

[247 BC.]

A lustrum; the citizens numbered amount to two hundred and fifty-one thousand two hundred and twenty-two.

[246 BC.]

Claudia, the sister of Claudius, who had fought unsuccessfully, in contempt of the auspices, being pressed by the crowd, as she was returning from the game, cries out, I wish my brother were alive and had again the command of the fleet_: for which offence she is tried and fined.

[245 BC.]

Two praetors now first created. Aulus Postumius, consul, being priest of Mars, forcibly detained in the city by Caecilius Metellus, the high priest, and not suffered to go forth to war, being obliged by law to attend to the sacred duties of his office.

[244 BC.]

After several successful engagements with the Carthaginians, Gaius Lutatius, consul, puts an end to the war,

[243 BC.]
by gaining a complete victory over their fleet, at the island of Aegate. The Carthaginians sue for peace, which is granted to them.

[242 BC.]

The temple of Vesta being on fire, the high priest, Caecilius Metellus, saves the sacred utensils from the flames.

[241 BC.]
Two new tribes added, the Veline and Quirine. The Falisci rebel; are subdued in six days.

Events: Lucius Caecilius Metellus defeats the Cartaginians, Claudius Pulcher defeated after bad omens, Atilius Calatinus dictator, Claudia Pulcher condemned, Gaius Lutatius defeats the Carthagians, Sea-battle of Aegate, Peace with the Carthaginians, Fire to the temple of Vesta, Rebellion of Falisci