These consuls were succeeded by Marcus1
Fabius Dorsuo and Servius Sulpicius Camerinus. War then broke out with the Aurunci, in consequence of a raid which they unexpectedly executed.
It was feared that this act of a single nation might be the joint design of all of the Latin name, and a dictator was appointed —as though to [p. 453]
oppose a Latium already up in arms —in the person2
of Lucius Furius.
After naming Gnaeus Manlius Capitolinus to be his master of the horse, he suspended the courts, and having levied troops without exemptions —as was customary in great emergencies —he led them with all possible speed against the Aurunci. These he discovered to possess the spirit of freebooters rather than of enemies, and so brought the war to a conclusion in the first engagement.
Howbeit the dictator, considering that they had been the aggressors in the war and were accepting battle without shrinking, saw fit to summon even the gods to help him, and in the heat of the encounter vowed a temple to Juno Moneta. This vow the result made binding, and the dictator having returned to Rome victorious, resigned his authority.
The senate ordered that two commissioners should be designated to erect the temple in a style becoming to the grandeur of the Roman People, and a site was appointed for it in the Citadel, where once had stood the house of Marcus Manlius Capitolinus.
The consuls, employing the dictator's army for the Volscian war, made a surprise attack upon the enemy and captured Sora.
The temple of Moneta was dedicated the next year after it was vowed, when Gaius Marcius Rutulus was consul for the third time and Titus Manlius Torquatus for the second.
The dedication was immediately followed by a prodigy like the one which had happened long before on the Alban Mount;3
for a shower of stones fell, and a curtain of night seemed to stretch across the sky; and when the Books4
had been consulted and the City was filled with forebodings of divine displeasure, the [p. 455]
senate resolved on the appointment of a dictator, to5
establish days of worship.
The choice fell on Publius Valerius Publicola, who was given Quintus Fabius Ambustus as master of the horse. They determined that not only the Roman tribes but the neighbouring peoples also should offer supplications; and they appointed an order for them, on what day each should make entreaty.
It is handed down that during this year the people rendered severe judgments against usurers, who had been brought to trial by the aediles.
The state —for no specially memorable reason —reverted to an interregnum, which was followed —so that this might appear to have been intended —by the election to both consulships of patricians, namely Marcus Valerius Corvus, for the third time, and Aulus Cornelius Cossus.