Such were the transactions of that year in Hither Spain. In the Farther province, Manlius fought several successful battles with the Lusitanians.
In the same year the Latin colony of Aquileia was established in the Gallic territory. Three thousand foot soldiers received each fifty acres, centurions a hundred, horsemen a hundred and forty.
The three commissioners who conducted the settlement were Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica, Caius Flaminius and Lucius [p. 1890]
Two temples were dedicated this year, one to Venus Erycina, at the Colline gate; Lucius Porcius Licinius, duumvir, son of Lucius, dedicated it. This temple had been vowed, during the Ligurian war, by Lucius Porcius, the consul. The other to Piety, in the herb-market.
Manius Acilius Glabrio, the duumvir, dedicated this temple; he erected a gilded statue of his father Glabrio, the first of the kind that ever was seen in Italy. This was the person who vowed the temple, on the day whereon he gained the decisive victory over
king Antiochus, at Thermopylae, and who, likewise, had contracted for its being built, in pursuance of a decree of the senate. At the same time when these temples were consecrated, Lucius Aemilius Paullus, the proconsul, triumphed over the Ingaunian Ligurians.
He carried in the procession twenty-five golden crowns, but no other article of either gold or silver.
Many Ligurian chiefs were led captives before his chariot, and he distributed to each of his soldiers three hundred asses.1
The arrival of ambassadors from the Ligurians, begging that a perpetual peace might be established, enhanced the reputation of this triumph,
and they asserted, that “the Ligurians had come to a resolution never again to take arms, on any occasion, except when commanded by the Roman people.”
This answer was given to the Ligurians, by Quintus Fabius, the praetor, by order of the senate, that “such kind of language was not new with the Ligurians; but it concerned chiefly their own interest that their disposition should be new, and conformable to their language.
They must go to the consuls, and perform whatever was commanded by them; for the senate would never believe, from any other than the consuls, that the Ligurians were really and sincerely disposed to peace.” Peace however was made with that people. In Corsica, a battle was fought against the inhabitants.
The praetor, Marcus Pinarius, slew in the field about two thousand of them; by which loss they were compelled to give hostages, and a hundred thousand pounds of wax. The army was then carried over into Sardinia, and some successful battles were fought against the Iliensians, a nation, even at the present day, not in every particular friendly to us.
In this year a hundred hostages were restored to the Carthaginians,
and the Roman people enabled them to live in peace, not only among themselves, [p. 1891]
but also with Masinissa, who at that time with an armed force held possession of the land in dispute.