All around were in his favour; and some entreated the tribune to desist, while others sharply reproved his conduct.
The speech of his colleague, Tiberius Gracchus, moved him most, that, “for a man in office to prosecute even his own quarrels, was an example of no good tendency; but, that a tribune of the people should take upon himself to be a solicitor in the quarrel of another, was infamous, and highly unworthy of the power and sacred laws of the order to which he belonged.
That men ought to love or hate others, approve or disapprove of measures, according to the dictates of their own judgment; but that a tribune ought not to depend on the look or nod of another man, veer about at the movements of another's will, and make himself a tool to his displeasure;
nor remember a private charge, committed to him by Marcus Aemilius, and forget that the tribuneship was a public charge, intrusted to him by the Roman people, for the protection and liberty of private citizens, not to aggrandize the arbitrary power of a consul.
His colleague did not seem to consider that this circumstance would be committed to record and posterity: that, of two plebeian tribunes of the same college, one sacri- [p. 1796]
ficed his own resentment to the public good, the other prosecuted the resentment of another man which was merely intrusted to him.”
When the tribune, overcome by these severe rebukes, had withdrawn from the meeting, a triumph was voted to Marcus Fulvius, on the motion of Servius Sulpicius, the praetor.
When he returned thanks to the conscript fathers, he then mentioned, that, “on the day of his taking Ambracia, he had vowed to celebrate the great games in honour of Jupiter the supremely good and great;
that a contribution for that purpose had been made to him by the several states, amounting to one hundred and ten pounds' weight of gold; and he requested them to order that sum to be set apart, out of the money which he was to deposit in the treasury, after being borne in triumph.”
The senate ordered the college of pontiffs to be consulted, whether it were necessary that the whole of that sum should be expended on the games:
when the pontiffs had answered, that it mattered little to religion what was the expense of the games, the senate gave permission to Fulvius to expend as much as he thought proper, provided he did not exceed eighty thousand sesterces.1
He, at first, intended to celebrate his triumph in the month of January;
but, hearing that the consul Aemilius, in consequence of a letter from the tribune Abutius, concerning his waving his protest, was coming in person to Rome, to hinder his triumph, but had been obliged by sickness to halt on the road, lie hastened the time of the celebration, lest he
should have more contests about it than he had met in the war.
He triumphed over the Aetolians and Cephallenia on the tenth day before the calends of January. There were carried before his chariot, golden crowns to the amount of one hundred and twelve pounds' weight; of silver, eighty-three thousand pounds; of gold, two hundred and forty-three thousand; of Attic tetradrachms, one hundred and eighteen thousand;2
of the coin called Philippeans, twelve thousand four hundred and twenty-two;3
brazen statues, two hundred and eighty-five; marble statues, two hundred and thirty; arms, weapons, and other spoils in great quantities: besides these, catapultas, ballistas, and engines of every kind;
and in the procession were led twenty-seven commanders, either Aetolian and Ce- [p. 1797]
phallenian, or belonging to king Antiochus, and left with them.
Before he rode into the city, in the Flaminian circus, he presented great numbers of tribunes, praefects, horsemen, centurions, both Romans and allies, with military gifts; to each of the soldiers he distributed out of the booty twenty-five denariuses,4
double to a centurion, triple to a horseman.