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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Book XXVII Chapter 35: Marcus Livius and Claudius Nero reconciled[208 BC]
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Three days later came the election of praetors. Those elected were Lucius Porcius Licinius, Gaius Mamilius and the two Catos, Gaius Hostilius and Aulus Hostilius. When the elections were over and the Games concluded, the Dictator and the Master of the Horse [Note 1] resigned office. Gaius Terentius Varro was sent into Etruria as propraetor to relieve Gaius Hostilius, who was to take over the command of the army at Tarentum which the consul Titus Quinctius had had. Lucius Manlius was to go to Greece and find out what was going on there. As the Olympic Games were to be held this summer, and as a very large gathering would be there, he was, if he could get through the enemy's forces, to be present at them and inform those Sicilians who had fled there from the war and any citizens of Tarentum who had been banished by Hannibal that they might return home and rest assured that the Roman people would restore to them all that they possessed before the war. As the coming year seemed to be fraught with most serious dangers, and the State was for the moment without consuls, all eyes were turned to the consuls-elect, and it was universally hoped that they would lose no time in balloting for their provinces and deciding what enemy each of them would have to meet. On the initiative of Quintus Fabius Maximus a resolution was earned in the senate insisting upon their becoming reconciled to each other. Their quarrel was only too notorious, and was embittered by Livius' resentment at the insulting treatment he had received, for he felt that his honour had been sullied by his prosecution. This made him all the more implacable; he said that there was no need for any reconciliation, each would act with greater energy and alertness if he knew that failure to do so would give his enemy an advantage. However, the senate successfully exerted their authority, and they were induced to lay aside their private differences and conduct the affairs of State with one mind and one policy. Their provinces were not contiguous as in former years, but widely separated, at the extremities of Italy. One was to act against Hannibal in Bruttium and Lucania, the other in Gaul against Hasdrubal, who was reported to be now nearing the Alps. The consul to whose lot Gaul should fall was to choose either the army which was in Gaul or the one in Etruria, and would receive in addition the army of the City. The one to whom Bruttium fell was to raise fresh legions in the City and select one of the two consular armies of the previous year. The other one Quintus Fabius was to take over as proconsul, in which capacity he was to act for the year. Gaius Hostilius, who had already been removed from Etruria to Tarentum, was now again to change from Tarentum to Capua. One legion was given him, the one which Fulvius had commanded.

Note 1: dictator = Titus Manlius Torquatus, master of horse = Gaius Servilius

Impeachment of Marcus Livius

Event: Impeachment of Marcus Livius