Four praetors were elected, after a lapse of many years, by the Baebian law, which enacted that four should be elected every alternate year; and the persons appointed were Cneius Cornelius Scipio, Caius Valerius Lavinus, Quintus Mucius Scaevola, and Publius Mucius Scaevola, sons of Quintus.
To the consuls, Quintus Fulvius and Lucius Manlius, was decreed the same province as to the preceding ones, and the same number of forces, infantry, cavalry, citizens, and allies.
In the two Spains, Tiberius Sempronius and Lucius Postumius were continued in command, with the same armies which they then had;
and to recruit their numbers, the consuls were ordered to enlist, of Romans three thousand foot and three hundred horse, and of the Latin allies, five thousand foot and four hundred horse.
Publius Mucius Scaevola obtained by lot the city jurisdiction, and likewise the business of the inquisitions concerning sorcery, in the city, and within ten miles of it; Cneius Scipio, the foreign jurisdiction; Quintus Mucius Scaevola, Sicily; and Caius Valerius Laevinus, Sardinia.
The consul, Quintus Fulvius, before he meddled with any of the public business, declared that “he intended to acquit both himself and the state of the obligation of fulfilling the vows which he had made;
that on the day of his last battle with the Celtiberians, he had vowed to
perform games in honour of Jupiter supremely good and great, and to build a temple to Equestrian Fortune; and that by the Spaniards a contribution of money had been made for these purposes.”
A vote was passed that the games should be performed, and that duumvirs should be appointed to contract for the building of the temple.
With regard to the expenses, a limitation was fixed, that “no greater sum should be expended on the games than that which had been voted to Fulvius Nobilior, when he [p. 1902]
exhibited games on the conclusion of the Aetolian war;
and that the consul should not, on account of these games, send for, collect, or receive, or do any thing contrary to the decree of the senate passed concerning games in the consulate of Lucius Aemilius and Cneius Baebius.”
The senate qualified their vote in this manner, on account of the lavish expense occasioned by the games of Tiberius Sempronius, the aedile, which had been burthensome not only to Italy and the Latin allies, but even to the provinces abroad.