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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Book III Chapter 1: Colonists sent to Antium.[467 BC]
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For the year following the capture of Antium, Titus Aemilius and Quinctius Fabius were made consuls. This was the Fabius who was the sole survivor of the extinction of his house at the Cremera. Aemilius had already in his former consulship advocated the grant of land to the plebeians. As he was now consul for the second time, the agrarian party entertained hopes that the Law would be carried out; the tribunes took the matter up in the firm expectation that after so many attempts they would gain their cause, now that one consul, at all events, was supporting them; the consul's views on the question remained unchanged. Those in occupation of the land - the majority of the patricians complained that the head of the State was adopting the methods of the tribunes and making himself popular by giving away other people's property, and in this way they shifted all the odium from the tribunes on to the consul. There was every prospect of a serious contest, had not Fabius smoothed matters by a suggestion acceptable to both sides, namely, that as there was a considerable quantity of land which had been taken from the Volscians the previous year, under the auspicious generalship of Titus Quinctius, a colony might be settled at Antium, which, as a seaport town, and at no great distance from Rome, was a suitable city for the purpose. This would allow the plebeians to enter on public land without any injustice to those in occupation, and so harmony would be restored to the State. This suggestion was adopted. He appointed as the three commissioners for the distribution of the land, Titus Quinctius, Aulus Verginius, and Publius Furius. Those who wished to receive a grant were ordered to give in their names. As usual, abundance produced disgust, and so few gave in their names that the number was made up by the addition of Volscians as colonists. The rest of the people preferred to ask for land at Rome rather than accept it elsewhere. The Aequi sought for peace from Quintus Fabius, who had marched against them, but they broke it by a sudden incursion into Latin territory.

Event: Annihilation of the Fabii

Antio capto, T. Aemilius et Q. Fabius consules fiunt. Hic erat Fabius qui unus exstinctae ad Cremeram genti superfuerat. Iam priore consulatu Aemilius dandi agri plebi fuerat auctor; itaque secundo quoque consulatu eius et agrarii se in spem legis erexerant, et tribuni, rem contra consules saepe temptatam adiutore utique consule obtineri posse rati, suscipiunt, et consul manebat in sententia sua. Possessores et magna pars patrum, tribuniciis se iactare actionibus principem ciuitatis et largiendo de alieno popularem fieri querentes, totius inuidiam rei a tribunis in consulem auerterant. Atrox certamen aderat, ni Fabius consilio neutri parti acerbo rem expedisset: T. Quincti ductu et auspicio agri captum priore anno aliquantum a Volscis esse; Antium, opportunam et maritimam urbem, coloniam deduci posse; ita sine querellis possessorum plebem in agros ituram, ciuitatem in concordia fore. Haec sententia accepta est. Triumuiros agro dando creat T. Quinctium A. Verginium P. Furium; iussi nomina dare qui agrum accipere uellent. Fecit statim, ut fit, fastidium copia adeoque pauci nomina dedere ut ad explendum numerum coloni Volsci adderentur; cetera multitudo poscere Romae agrum malle quam alibi accipere. Aequi a Q. Fabio—is eo cum exercitu uenerat—pacem petiere, inritamque eam ipsi subita incursione in agrum Latinum fecere.