The Roman ambassadors were graciously answered by the Transalpine peoples. Their elders [p. 395]
reproved the Roman people for their excessive1
lenience, because those men who had set out without the permission of their state and had attempted to occupy land belonging to the Roman empire and to build a town on others' soil had been let go unpunished: they should have been made to pay a heavy toll for their rash action.
Moreover, as to the restoration of their property, the elders feared that such generosity might tempt more peoples to try the same venture.
The ambassadors were both received and sent on their way with gifts.
Marcus Claudius the consul, having expelled the Gauls from the province, began to scheme for a war with the Histrians,2
sending letters to the senate for permission to lead the legions into Histria.
This did not please the senate. They were discussing the question of establishing a colony at Aquileia, but it was not generally agreed whether it should be a Latin colony or one of Roman citizens. Finally, the Fathers voted that a Latin colony rather should be founded.
The three commissioners elected were Publius Scipio Nasica, Gaius Flaminius, Lucius Manlius Acidinus.
In the same year Mutina and Parma, colonies of Roman citizens, were established.
Two thousand men in each case were settled on the land that had recently belonged to the Boi3
and previously to the Etruscans, and the allotments at Parma were eight iugera
each, at Mutina five.
The board of three which founded them consisted of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Titus Aebutius Parrus, Lucius Quinctius Crispinus.
Also, a colony of Roman citizens was established at Saturnia in the ager Caletranus.4
The board of three [p. 397]
which founded it consisted of Quintus Fabius Labeo,5
Gaius Afranius Stellio, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. Ten iugera
were given to each colonist.