The end of the year was now approaching, and people chiefly canvassed in their conversation, through their concern about the war in Macedonia, what consuls they should choose, to bring that war, at length, to a conclusion.
The senate therefore passed an order, that Cneius Servilius should come home, at the very first opportunity, to hold the elections.
Sulpicius, the praetor, sent the order of the senate to the consul; and, in a few days after, read his answer in public, wherein he promised to be in the city before the * * day of * * *. The consul came in due time, and the election was finished on the day appointed. The consuls chosen were, Lucius Aemilius Paullus, a second time, fourteen years after his first consulship, and Caius Licinius Crassus.
Next day, the following were appointed praetors: Cneius Baebius Tamphilus, Lucius Anicius Gallus, Cneius Octavius, Publius Fonteius Balbus, Marcus Aebutius Elva, and Caius Papirius Corbo.
The senate's anxiety about the Macedonian war stimulated them to more than ordinary expedition in all their proceedings;
they therefore ordered, that the magistrates elect should immediately cast lots for their provinces, that it might be known which consul was to have the command in Macedonia, and which praetor that of the fleet;
in order that they might, without loss of time, consider and prepare whatever was requisite for the service, and consult the senate on any point where their direction was necessary, they voted, that, “on the magistrates [p. 2076]
coming into office, the Latin festival should be celebrated as early as the rules of religion permitted;
and that the consul who was to go into Macedonia should not be detained on account of it.”
When these orders were passed, Italy and Macedonia were named as the provinces for the consuls; and for the praetors, besides the two jurisdictions in the city, the fleet, Spain, Sicily, and Sardinia. As to the consuls, Macedonia fell to Aemilius, Italy to Licinius.
Of the praetors, Cneius Baebius got the city jurisdiction; Lucius Anicius the foreign, under a rule to go wherever the senate should direct; Cneius Octavius, the fleet; Publius Fonteius, Spain; Marcus Aebutius, Sicily; and Caius Papirius, Sardinia.