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Book V Chapter 29: Domestic Politics.[393 BC]
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As the agitation of the tribunes of the plebs had so far been without result, the plebeians exerted themselves to secure the continuance in office of the proposers of the land measure, whilst the patricians strove for the re-election of those who had vetoed it. The plebeians, however, carried the election, and the senate in revenge for this mortification passed a resolution for the appointment of consuls, the magistracy which the plebs detested. After fifteen years, consuls were once more elected in the persons of Lucius Lucretius Flavus and Servius Sulpicius Camerinus.
At the beginning of the year, as none of their college was disposed to interpose his veto, the tribunes were combined in a determined effort to carry their measure, while the consuls, for the same reason, offered a no less strenuous resistance.
Whilst all the citizens were preoccupied with this struggle, the Aequi successfully attacked the Roman colony at Vitellia, which was situated in their territory. Most of the colonists were uninjured, for the fact of its treacherous capture taking place in the night gave them the chance of escaping in the opposite direction from the enemy and reaching Rome. That field of operations fell to Lucius Lucretius. He advanced against the enemy and defeated them in a regular engagement, and then came back victorious to Rome, where a still more serious contest awaited him.
|Tribunorum plebis actiones quia nondum inuenerant finem, et plebs continuare latoribus legis tribunatum et patres reficere intercessores legis adnisi sunt; sed plus suis comitiis plebs ualuit; quem dolorem ulti patres sunt senatus consulto facto ut consules, inuisus plebi magistratus, crearentur. Annum post quintum decimum creati consules L. Lucretius Flauus Ser. Sulpicius Camerinus. Principio huius anni ferociter quia nemo ex collegio intercessurus erat coortis ad perferendam legem tribunis plebis nec segnius ob id ipsum consulibus resistentibus omnique ciuitate in unam eam curam conuersa, Vitelliam coloniam Romanam in suo agro Aequi expugnant. Colonorum pars maxima incolumis, quia nocte proditione oppidum captum liberam per auersa urbis fugam dederat, Romam perfugere. L. Lucretio consuli ea prouincia euenit. Is cum exercitu profectus acie hostes uicit, uictorque Romam ad maius aliquanto certamen redit. Dies dicta erat tribunis plebis biennii superioris A. Verginio et Q. Pomponio, quos defendi patrum consensu ad fidem senatus pertinebat; neque enim eos aut uitae ullo crimine alio aut gesti magistratus quisquam arguebat praeterquam quod gratificantes patribus rogationi tribuniciae intercessissent. Vicit tamen gratiam senatus plebis ira et pessimo exemplo innoxii denis milibus grauis aeris condemnati sunt. Id aegre passi patres; Camillus palam sceleris plebem arguere quae iam in suos uersa non intellegeret se prauo iudicio de tribunis intercessionem sustulisse, intercessione sublata tribuniciam potestatem euertisse; nam quod illi sperarent effrenatam licentiam eius magistratus patres laturos, falli eos. Si tribunicia uis tribunicio auxilio repelli nequeat, aliud telum patres inuenturos esse; consulesque increpabat quod fide publica decipi tribunos eos taciti tulissent qui senatus auctoritatem secuti essent. Haec propalam contionabundus in dies magis augebat iras hominum: