bounty soothed the feelings of the plebs, and no opposition was offered to the election of consuls.
The two elected were L. Valerius Potitus and M. Manlius, who afterwards received the title of Capitolinus. They celebrated the ‘Great Games’ which M. Furius had vowed when Dictator in the Veientine war.
In the same year the temple of Queen Juno, which he had also vowed at the same time, was dedicated, and the tradition runs that this dedication excited great interest amongst the matrons, who were present in large numbers.
An unimportant campaign was conducted against the Aequi on Algidus;
the enemy were routed almost before they came to close quarters. Valerius had shown greater energy in following up the fugitives; he was accordingly decreed a triumph; Manlius an ovation.
In the same year a new enemy appeared in the Volsinians.
Owing to famine and pestilence in the district round Rome, in consequence of excessive heat and drought, it was impossible for an army to march. This emboldened the Volsinians in conjunction with the Salpinates to make inroads upon Roman territory. Thereupon war was declared against the two States.
C. Julius, the censor, died, and M. Cornelius was appointed in his place.
This proceeding was afterwards regarded as an offence against religion because it was during that lustrum
that Rome was taken, and no one has ever since been appointed as censor in the room of one deceased.
The consuls were attacked by the epidemic, so it was decided that the auspices should be taken afresh by an interrex.
The consuls accordingly resigned office in compliance with a resolution of the senate, and M. Furius Camillus was appointed interrex. He appointed P. Cornelius Scipio as his successor, and Scipio appointed L. Valerius Potitus.
The last named appointed six consular tribunes, so that if any of them became incapacitated through illness there might still be a sufficiency of magistrates to administer the republic.