In the same year the consul Valerius, having marched an army against the Aequans, when he could not entice the enemy to an engagement, set about assaulting their camp. A violent storm sent down from heaven with thunder and hail prevented him.
Then, on a signal for a retreat being given, their surprise was excited by the return of such fair weather, that they felt a scruple a second time to attack a camp which was defended as it were by some divine power; all the rage of war was turned on the devastation of the land.
The other consul, Aemilius, conducted the war against the Sabines. There also, [p. 154]
because the enemy confined themselves within their walls, the lands were laid waste.
Then, by the burning not only of the country-houses, but of the villages also, which were thickly inhabited, the Sabines being aroused, after they met the depredators, on retreating from an engagement left undecided, on the following day removed their camp into a safer situation.
This seemed a sufficient reason to the consul why he should leave the enemy as conquered, departing thence the war being still unfinished.