When Nicon was
archon at Athens, the Romans elected six military tribunes with consular power, Lucius
Papirius, Gaius Servilius, Lucius Quinctius, Lucius Cornelius, Lucius Valerius, and Aulus
Manlius. During their term of office the Carthaginians invaded Italy and restored their city to
who had been exiled from it,
and, having gathered together all the refugees, they showed themselves very solicitous of their
After this a plague broke out among the inhabitants
of Carthage which was so violent and took off so many of the Carthaginians that they risked
losing their commanding position. For the Libyans, undervaluing them, seceded, and the
Sardinians, thinking they now had an opportunity to oppose the Carthaginians, revolted, and,
making common cause, attacked the Carthaginians.
And about the
same time a supernatural disaster befell Carthage; for turmoils and fears and panicky
disturbances constantly occurred throughout the city defying explanation; and many men rushed
from their houses in arms, having the impression that enemies had burst into the city, and they
fought constantly with one another as if with enemies, killing some and wounding others.
Finally, after having propitiated the deity by sacrifices and with difficulty rid themselves of
their misfortunes, they quickly subdued the Libyans and recovered the island of Sardinia.