Several prodigies were reported this year: that at Crustuminum a bird, which they call the ospray, cut a sacred stone with its beak;
that a cow spoke in Campania; that at Syracuse a brazen statue of a cow was mounted by a farmer's bull, which had strayed from the herd.
A supplication of one day was performed in Crustuminum, on the spot; the cow at Campania was ordered to be maintained at the public expense, and the prodigy at Syracuse was expiated, the deities to whom supplications should be offered, being declared by the aruspices.
This year died, in the office of pontiff, Marcus Claudius Marcellus, who had been consul and censor; and his son, Marcus Marcellus, was chosen into the vacant place. The same year a colony of two thousand Roman citizens was settled at Luca.
The triumvirs, Publius Aelius, Lucius Egilius, and Cneius Sicinius, planted it. Fifty-one acres and a half of land were given to each. This land had been taken from the Ligurians, and had been the property of the Etrurians, before it fell into their possession.
Caius Claudius, the consul, arrived at the city, and after laying before the senate a detail of his successful services in Istria and Liguria, a triumph was decreed to him on demanding it.
He triumphed, in office, over the two nations at once. In this procession he carried three hundred and seven thousand denariuses,1
and eighty-five thousand seven hundred and two quinariuses.2
To each soldier fifteen denariuses3
were given, double that sum to a centurion, triple it to a horseman.
The allied soldiers received less, by half, than the native troops, for which reason they followed his chariot in silence to show their disgust.