Both the consuls led their armies into Liguria, but on different sides.
Postumius, with the first and third legions, invested the mountains of Balista and Suismontium; and, by securing the narrow passes leading thereto with guards, cut off all supplies of provisions; and by want of every thing he reduced them to an entire obedience.
Fulvius, with the second and fourth legions, marched from Pisae against the Apuan Ligurians; and having received the submission of that part of them which inhabited the banks of the river Macra, he put them, to the number of seven thousand men, on board ships, and sent them along the Etrurian coast to Neapolis, from whence they were
conducted into Samnium, and lands were assigned to them among their countrymen.
The vineyards of the Ligurians of the mountains were cut down and their corn burnt by Aulus Postumius, until, compelled by all the calamities of war, they surrendered and delivered up their arms. From thence Postumius proceeded, by sea, to visit the coast of the Ingaunian and Intemelian tribes.
Before these consuls joined the army which had been ordered to meet at Pisae, Aulus Postumius, and a
brother of Quintus Fulvius, Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, had the command of it. Fulvius was military tribune of the second legion.
He in his months1
of command disbanded the legion, after obliging the
centurions to swear, that they would carry the money in their hands to the treasury, and deliver it to the quaestors. When this was announced to Aulus at Placentia, to which place he happened to have made an excursion, he set out with some light horsemen, in quest of the disbanded men; and such
as he could overtake, he sharply rebuked and brought back to Pisae, and then apprised the consul of the whole matter. When he laid the business before the senate, a decree was passed that Marcus Fulvius should be banished into that part of Spain beyond New Carthage; and a letter was given him by the consul, [p. 1899]
to be carried into Farther Spain, to Publius Manlius. The soldiers were ordered to return to their standards; and
it was decreed, that, as a mark of disgrace, that' legion should, for that year, receive but half a year's pay. The consul was likewise ordered to sell the person and property of every soldier who should not return to the army.