He would therefore follow up his good fortune, if the dictator persisted in that dilatory and inactive course which gods and men had united in condemning.
Accordingly, on the day of his first meeting with Quintus Fabius, he said that the very first thing to be settled was the manner in which they should exercise the joint command:
he himself thought that the best way would be for each to have supreme command and authority either every other day,So in the campaign of Cannae (216 B.C.), Varro and Paulus commanded on alternate days. In the present instance, however, Polybius III. (ciii. 7) says that it was Fabius who proposed the alternation, and that Minucius preferred that the army be divided. or, if longer periods seemed preferable, for equally apportioned times, to the end that he
might be a match for the enemy not only in strategy but in numbers also, if he should meet with a favourable opportunity for fighting.
This proposal by no means suited Quintus Fabi