When Sextus Aelius Paetus and Titus -1
Quinctius Flamininus had been inaugurated and had convened the senate on the Capitoline, the senate decreed that the consuls should arrange between themselves or cast lots for the provinces of Macedonia and Italy;
whichever of them was allotted Macedonia was authorized to enlist, as reinforcement to the legions, three thousand Roman infantry and three hundred cavalry, and besides five thousand infantry and five hundred cavalry of the allies of [p. 175]
the Latin confederacy.
An entirely new army was2
provided for the other consul. The command of Lucius Lentulus, consul of the previous year, was extended, and he was ordered not to leave the province himself or to discharge the veteran troops until the consul arrived with the new legions.
The consuls drew lots for the provinces: Italy fell to Aelius, Macedonia to Quinctius.
The praetors then drew, Lucius Cornelius Merula receiving the city jurisdiction, Marcus Claudius Sicily, Marcus Porcius Sardinia, Gaius Helvius Gaul.
They then began to conduct the levy; for in addition to the consular armies the enlistment of troops for the praetors as well was ordered;
for Marcellus, for service in Sicily, four thousand infantry of the allies and the Latin confederacy and three hundred cavalry; for Cato, two thousand infantry and two hundred cavalry from the same source for Sardinia, so that these two praetors, on
arrival in their provinces, could send home their veteran infantry and cavalry.
The consuls then presented to the senate ambassadors from King Attalus.
When they had explained that the king was aiding the Roman cause on land and sea with his fleet and all his forces, and had up to that day zealously and loyally performed whatever the Roman consuls ordered, they said that there was ground for fear that by reason of the activity of King Antiochus he could not guarantee to continue;
for Antiochus had invaded the kingdom of Attalus when it was stripped of the protection of its navy and army.
Therefore Attalus begged the senators, if they wished to employ his fleet and forces for the Macedonian war, themselves to send forces to defend his kingdom; if they did not, to permit him to return [p. 177]
to defend his possessions with his fleet and other troops.
The senate ordered this reply given the ambassadors: that the senate appreciated the fact that King Attalus had aided the Roman generals with his fleet and other forces; that they would neither themselves send aid to Attalus against Antiochus, an ally and friend of the Roman people, nor keep Attalus' troops longer than was convenient for the king;
that the Roman people had always employed the property of others at the pleasure of those others;
that both the beginning and the end of rendering assistance was under the control of those who wished the Roman people to enjoy their aid; that they would send ambassadors to Antiochus to point out that the Roman people was employing the aid of Attalus and his ships and soldiers against the common enemy Philip;
that he would oblige the senate by keeping away from the kingdom of Attalus and refraining from war, and that it was
proper that kings who were allies and friends of the Roman people should likewise be at peace with one another.