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Book V Chapter 31: Various Wars.[392 BC]
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This bounty soothed the feelings of the plebs, and no opposition was offered to the election of consuls. The two elected were Lucius Valerius Potitus and Marcus Manlius, who afterwards received the title of Capitolinus. They celebrated the Great Games which Marcus Furius had vowed when dictator in the Veientine war. In the same year the temple of queen Juno, which he had also vowed at the same time, was dedicated, andthe tradition runs that this dedication excited great interest amongst the matrons, who were present in large numbers.|
An unimportant campaign was conducted against the Aequi on Algidus; the enemy were routed almost before they came to close quarters. Valerius had shown greater energy in following up the fugitives; he was accordingly decreed a triumph; Manlius an ovation.
In the same year a new enemy appeared in the Volsinians. Owing to famine and pestilence in the district round Rome, in consequence of excessive heat and drought, it was impossible for an army to march. This emboldened the Volsinians in conjunction with the Salpinates to make inroads upon Roman territory. Thereupon war was declared against the two States.
Gaius Julius, the censor, died and Marcus Cornelius was appointed in his place. This proceeding was afterwards regarded as an offence against religion because it was during that lustrum that Rome was taken, and no one has ever since been appointed as censor in the room of one deceased. The consuls were attacked by the epidemic, so it was decided that the auspices should be taken afresh by an interrex. The consuls accordingly resigned office in compliance with a resolution of the senate, and Marcus Furius Camillus was appointed interrex. He appointed Publius Cornelius Scipio as his successor, and Scipio appointed Lucius Valerius Potitus. The last named appointed six consular tribunes so that if any of them became incapacitated through illness there might still be a sufficiency of magistrates to administer the republic.
|Eo munere delenita plebe nihil certatum est quo minus consularia comitia haberentur. Creati consules L. Valerius Potitus M. Manlius, cui Capitolino postea fuit cognomen. Hi consules magnos ludos fecere, quos M. Furius dictator uouerat Veienti bello. Eodem anno aedes Iunonis reginae ab eodem dictatore eodemque bello uota dedicatur, celebratamque dedicationem ingenti matronarum studio tradunt. Bellum haud memorabile in Algido cum Aequis gestum est, fusis hostibus prius paene quam manus consererent. Valerio quod perseuerantior cedentes [insequi] [in fuga] fuit, triumphus, Manlio ut ouans ingrederetur urbem decretum est. Eodem anno nouum bellum cum Volsiniensibus exortum; quo propter famem pestilentiamque in agro Romano ex siccitate caloribusque nimiis ortam exercitus duci nequiuit. Ob quae Volsinienses Sappinatibus adiunctis superbia inflati ultro agros Romanos incursauere; bellum inde duobus populis indictum. C. Iulius censor decessit; in eius locum M. Cornelius suffectus;—quae res postea religioni fuit quia eo lustro Roma est capta; nec deinde unquam in demortui locum censor sufficitur;—consulibusque morbo implicitis, placuit per interregnum renouari auspicia. itaque cum ex senatus consulto consules magistratu se abdicassent, interrex creatur M. Furius Camillus, qui P. Cornelium Scipionem, is deinde L. Valerium Potitum interregem prodidit. Ab eo creati sex tribuni militum consulari potestate ut etiamsi cui eorum incommoda ualetudo fuisset, copia magistratuum rei publicae esset.|