there Laevinus explained how matters1
stood with Macedonia and Greece, the Aetolians, Acarnanians and Locrians,2
and what had been his own achievements there by land and sea;
that when Philip was on the point of invading Aetolia, he had driven him back into Macedonia, retiring into the very heart of his kingdom; and that the legion could be withdrawn from that country; that the fleet was enough to keep the king away from Italy.
so much did the consul report in regard to himself and the province, his late command. then they both brought up the question of the provinces. the senate decreed that Italy and the war with Hannibal should be the province of one consul, that the other should have the fleet which Titus Otacilius had commanded and Sicily as his province, with Lucius Cincius, the praetor.
to the consuls were assigned the two armies which were in Etruria and Gaul; these were four legions. the two city legions of the previous year were to be sent into Etruria; the two which Sulpicius had commanded as consul, into Gaul.
Gaul and its legions were to be under the command of the man appointed by the consul whose province was Italy.
Gaius Calpurnius was sent into Etruria after his praetorship, with his command extended for a year. and Capua was assigned as his province to Quintus Fulvius, his command also being extended for a year.
a reduction in the army of citizens and allies was ordered, so that out of two legions should be formed one, five thousand infantry and three hundred horsemen, while those who had the largest number of campaigns were discharged;
and of the allies there should remain only seven thousand infantry and three hundred horsemen, [p. 111]
with the same reckoning of campaigns in3
discharging old soldiers.
for Gnaeus Fulvius, consul in the previous year, no change was made either in regard to his province of Apulia, or as to the army he had held; his command was merely extended for a year. Publius Sulpicius, his colleague, was bidden to discharge his entire army,4
except the marines.
from Sicily in the same way the army which Marcus Cornelius commanded was ordered to be discharged as soon as the consul should reach the province.
in order to hold Sicily the soldiers from Cannae, amounting to about two legions, were given to Lucius Cincius, the praetor.
the same number were assigned for Sardinia to Publius Manlius Volso, the praetor —legions which Lucius Cornelius had commanded in the same province the preceding year.
as for the city legions, the consuls were ordered to enrol them, with the restriction that they should not enlist any man who had been in the army of Marcus Claudius, Marcus Valerius, or Quintus Fulvius,5
and that there should not be in that year more than twenty —one Roman legions.