In the preceding year, Sextus Aelius Paetus and Caius Cornelius Cethegus were created censors. Cornelius now closed the lustrum.
The number of citizens rated was a hundred and forty-three thousand seven hundred and four.
Extraordinary quantities of rain fell in this year, and the Ti- [p. 1561]
ber overflowed the lower parts of the city; and some buildings near the Flumentan gate were even laid in ruins. The Cœlimontan gate was struck by lightning, as was the wall on each side of it, in several places.
At Aricia, Lanuvium, and on the Aventine, showers of stones fell. From Capua, a report was brought that a very large swarm of wasps flew into the forum, and settled on the temple of Mars; that they had been carefully collected, and burnt.
On account of these prodigies, the decemvirs were ordered to consult the books; the nine days' festival was celebrated, a supplication proclaimed, and the city purified. At the same time, Marcus Porcius Cato dedicated a chapel to Maiden Victory, near the temple of Victory, two years after he had vowed it.
During this year, a Latin colony was established in the Thurian territory by commissioners appointed for the purpose, Cneius Manlius Vulso, Lucius Apustius Fullo, and Quintus Aelius Tubero, who had proposed the order for its settlement.
There went out thither three thousand foot and three hundred horsemen; a very small number in proportion to the extent of the land.
Thirty acres might have been given to each footman, and sixty to a horseman, but, by the advice of Apustius, a third part was reserved, that they might afterwards, when they should judge proper, send out thither a new colony. The footmen received twenty acres each, the horsemen forty.