ion of consuls for such a time that it might be completed during the month of January, and that he should return to the city at the first possible moment.
Meanwhile Marcus Raecius the praetor was charged with recalling to Rome by proclamation all senators from the whole of Italy, except those who were absent on public business, while those
who were in Rome were not to go more than a mile away from Rome.A similar, but even stricter, emergency measure is recorded in XXXVI. iii. 3 (191 B.C.), just before the campaigns against Antiochus. These matters were carried out as the senate voted.
The consular elections were held on the twenty-sixth of January. The consuls elected were Quintus Marcius Philippus for the second timeHis previous consulship was in 186 B.C., cf. XXXIX. viii ff.; he had been envoy to Greece and to Perseus just before the outbreak of the war, XLII. xxxviii-xlvii. and Gnaeus Servilius Caepio. Two days later there were elected as praetors Gaius Decimius, M