During the time in which these things were transacted, deputies from Marseilles announced that Lucius
Baebius, the praetor, on his way into his province of Spain, had been surrounded by the Ligurians;
that a great part of his retinue being slain, he himself, wounded, had made his escape, without his lictors, and with but few
attendants, to Marseilles, and in three days after expired.
The senate, on hearing of this misfortune, decreed, that Publius Junius Brutus, who was the proprietor in Etruria, having delivered the province and army to whichsoever of the lieutenants he should think proper, should
go himself into Farther Spain, which was to be his province.
This decree of the senate and a letter was sent by the praetor, Spurius Posthumius, into Etruria; and Publius Junius, the proprietor, set out for Spain, in
which province, long before a successor could arrive, Lucius Aemilius Paulus, who afterwards with great glory conquered king Perseus, though
he had carried on matters unsuccessfully the year before, having raised an army by a hasty levy, fought a pitched battle with the Lusitanians.
The enemy were routed, and put to flight; eighteen thousand were killed, three thousand three hundred taken, and their camp stormed.
The fame of this victory made matters more tranquil in Spain.
In the same year, on the third day before the calends of January, Lucius Valerius Flaccus, Marcus Atilius Serranus, and Lucius Valerius Tappo, triumvirs, settled a Latin colony at Bononia, according to a decree of the senate.
Three thousand men were led to that place.
Seventy acres were given to each horseman, fifty to each of the other colonists.
The land had been taken from the Boian Gauls, who had formerly expelled the Tuscans. [p. 1718]